Animals

StudioTulsa
5:36 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Detailed Notes on Prairie Dogs: A Chat with Prof. John Hoogland of the University of Maryland

Aired on Friday, December 7th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are discussing the interesting characteristics, colonies, mating practices, defense maneuvers, and kinship structures of prairie dogs --- yes, prairie dogs: those once-plentiful-but-now-dwindling rodents that exist in five different species throughout the grasslands of North America. Highly communicative and actually able to "speak" via several distinct and sophisticated (and quite discernable) calls, these burrowing mammals have long been studied --- much like, say, apes or whales --- for social/behavioral reasons.

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