One of my favorite animals, prairie dogs are fascinating and more important than most realize. In fact, they’re considered a ‘keystone’ species on the plains and grasslands, keystone meaning that for their relative innocuous presence they are crucial to the way all the species interrelate. More than 100 other species depend on them for either what they eat or where they live. Prairie dogs reseed our prairies, help to replenish the aquifer below the prairie when the rainwater funnels down their burrows, and have a language of over 100 different calls or words. They are in trouble, however, because man has destroyed over 98% of their population in the past 100 years, and when the prairie dog is in trouble there are dire consequences to our eco-system.