Prairie dogs exhibit returns to Wildwood Zoo

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:46 PM CDT
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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) - The prairie dogs are back at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield and they’ve upgraded the prairie dogs exhibit.

Higher walls to keep predators out along with a new sump pump to keep the exhibit from flooding were both added.

The previous prairie dog population at the zoo experienced a breeding bottleneck. Prairie dogs are native to the West and Southwest of North America.

The new group is called black tailed prairie dogs, which is the most common species of prairie dogs.

“Prairie dogs are active, they’re social, they have unique mannerisms, they eat with their hands with 15 of them in here basically you’re guaranteed to see prairie dogs when you come past, so it’s a crowd favorite, and we are very excited to be able to bring them back,” Wildwood Zoo Manager Steven Burns said.

The previous population was at the zoo for 30 years. The Wildwood Zoo is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

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