Come Nose To Nose With These Busy Little Burrowers
The Uinta Ground Squirrel Exhibit
Uinta Ground Squirrels are very amusing and entertaining to watch. Their enclosure is made up of an extensive network of underground burrows. Visitors have become mesmerized by watching them disappear into one burrow and show up in a completely different area moments later.
As an important component of ecosystems Ground Squirrels will:
Loosen, move, mix, and aerate soils. They are the rototillers of the wild!
Reduce soil compaction and increase soil fertility by bringing nutrients from deep soil layers to the surface.
Increase plant productivity and diversity by bringing buried seeds near the surface.
Dig dens which provide homes for other animals like burrowing owls, rabbits, and insects.
The addition of the Uinta Ground Squirrel exhibit has helped to enhance our mission, by bringing attention to the importance of an entire ecosystem.
River otters typically give birth from March thru April. Litter size is usually 1 to 6 young per litter weighing about 4 to 6 ounces are born with fur, but are otherwise helpless. They stay in family groups during the summer and early fall. Pups grow rapidly and emerge from the den at about 2 months old. They remain as a family unit for seven to eight months or until the birth of a new litter.