Prairie Dog Pals

We are thrilled to announce that all of our Prairie Dog Pals have been named thanks to the generous donations from our supporters.

A Gallery of Gratitude: Meet Our Prairie Dogs & Their Generous Donors

Prairie Dog Pal Donors

Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs Cynomys ludovicianus

Prairie Dog 6 - Female

Not dogs at all; prairie dogs are actually herbivorous burrowing rodents that belong to the squirrel family, native to the grasslands of North America. They are named for their habitat and warning call, which can sound like a dog's bark.

In the wild, black-tailed prairie dogs are a keystone species - one that many other species, both plant and animal, depend upon for survival. Keystone species are incredibly important to their ecosystems, and if removed, the ecosystem itself may collapse. Prairie dogs do this by being prey, making homes for other animals, clipping vegetation, and much more.

The Binder Park Zoo prairie dogs represent their counterparts in the wild and remind us that everyone can help save keystone species everywhere, including right here in Michigan, by not encroaching upon wildlife in their natural habitats.

Endlessly fascinating to observe, these pint-sized pipsqueaks have long been a zoo favorite providing entertainment to generations of guests. Join the fun and become a Founder of one of the most popular exhibits at the zoo! Name one after someone special in your life, a beloved pet, sports hero, pop icon, or choose a name that promotes your organization, company or club! This opportunity will be offered on a limited, first come-first-serve basis so don't miss out - there are only 18 prairie dogs waiting for their name!

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