Date: 11 Jun 2019
Our latest litter of prairie dogs has brought a huge “pup”ulation boom to the colony, it is estimated that there has been around 17 prairie dog pups born.
The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to extreme south-central Canada, the United States, and into north-eastern Mexico. They grow up to 41 centimetres in length and weigh up to 1.6 kilograms. The black-tailed prairie dog population is decreasing in the wild, reintroduction efforts have been implemented in various states in America native to the prairie dog to combat the decline in population.
The Belfast Zoo prairie dogs have set up their complex network of tunnels and colony ‘towns’ around the Floral Hall dance area. Prairie dogs mate once a year in spring, females are pregnant for 33 to 38 days. Prairie dog pups are born blind and do not emerge from the burrow until they are around 6 weeks old. Young pups are extremely playful and can often be seen romping and kissing or nuzzling near their burrows. You can visit our latest newborns at Floral Hall today!