Holly - Prairie Dog
The next time you spot a slender athletic squirrel running up a tree, consider Holly, Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary’s black-tailed prairie dog. While she’s a member of the same genus, clearly Nature’s intention was for round, short-legged, pudgy prairie dogs to live in burrows in the high desert. Huge colonies are made up of small family groups: one male, several females, and some good-looking offspring. At the Folsom Zoo, Holly is cherished by a growing clan of human fans. She’s a day sleeper and living inside for now. She makes use of a big four-level enclosed space with hammocks, round prairie dog-sized beds with nests of multi-colored soft fleeces, a daily bowl of crunchy rodent chow and chopped veggies, and lots of newspaper that she seems to enjoy tearing into strips. Sadly, wild populations of prairie dogs of all five species are dwindling due to eradication and habitat loss with prairie dog populations like Holly’s declining by 98% in the last 150 years.