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Prairie Dog Day Celebration
by Stormy on January 31, 2010

The Denver Zoo is a big supporter of the Prairie Dog. With Groundhog Day getting close, what are our diurnal terrestrial cousins doing?

Today was the Denver Zoo's annual Prairie Dog Day, a celebration of all things prairie dog (because they don't have any groundhogs in their collection). The Denver Zoo does have three prairie dogs who came from the colony owned by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs – Dozer, Daisy and Digger. They are a happy team by the looks of things. The day was filled with festivities and lectures and an art contest. It's not quite Groundhog Day, but prairie dogs are family. After the festivities the zoo staff was kind enough to give me an opportunity to visit with the prairie dogs in their private quarters in the back. Dozer was very pooped and quite a snoozer. Daisy was friendly, but spent a lot of her time rearranging the shredded paper in her cage. Digger was the friendly one. From the moment he saw that I was visiting, he was front and center to chat. I think Digger is the team leader. I also took the opportunity to wander the zoo and see the sites. It was a chilly day, although not cold, and a lot of the animals who are not naturally equipped for the weather tended to be inside. It was a fun day revisiting my animal friends. Denver Zoo's Prairie Dog Day is a prelude to Groundhog Day on February 2. Please stay tuned for this marmot's weather analysis coming up on Tuesday!

Stormy poses with the prairie dog habitat display. These guys are almost as good as marmots when it comes to building homes!
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Dozer had a tough day. He really needed his nap.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Daisy takes a break from cleaning her home to say hello.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Digger had a lot to say about life as a prairie dog.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Meow?
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep hang out in the late afternoon sun.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
The coati loved the cool day, chasing each other through the old Inca ruins.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
One last look at Ice Station Zebra. The zoo's venerable ice cream stand is being removed for new animal exhibits.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
A cranky arctic fox.
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Awww...
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
Must be a water fowl convention…
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)
The tiger is just majestic, even on a cold winter day!
(taken by Stormy on January 31, 2010)


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