The Minnesota Zoo’s Northern Trail is home to a coterie of black-tailed prairie dogs. These social animals have a complex communication system and dig more elaborate burrows than any other rodent. Prairie dogs help keep prairie ecosystems healthy by aerating the soil and moving new soil to the surface.
Loss of prairie habitat to agriculture and other human encroachment has caused a drastic decline in the numbers of prairie dogs. This population decline has had a devastating effect on the North American black-footed ferret, which preys almost totally on prairie dogs and lives in their abandoned burrows. Unable to adapt to a different lifestyle, the black-footed ferret has become North America's most endangered mammal.
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