American Badger

TAXIDEA TAXUS

Badgers are solitary, spending their days hunting ground squirrels and other small rodents. They need about two per day to sustain their weight.

Huge, front claws make the badger an excellent digger. Burrows can be 10 feet deep and over 6 feet wide.

Badgers belong to the Mustelidae family alongside otters, weasels and wolverine.

Although badgers may be inactive in their dens for up to a month during the winter, they are not true hibernators.

Our Current Resident

Uki, Female - Born 2018

Uki was brought to ZooMontana by the state in 2019. She was found next to her mother who had been shot. She quickly imprinted on her caregivers during the rehab process, deeming her unreleasable.

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Mustelidae
  • Genus: Taxidea
  • Species: Taxidea taxus

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore
  • Common
  • Grasslands, Plains, Forests, Tundra
  • Nocturnal


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