striped skunk: here’s the scoop


Due to the removal of top predators, altered land use, and reduced harvest of skunks, their numbers have increased in many regions over the years.

Committed to Conservation

Hamilton and Lavender, the brother sister duo, are important members of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program and currently live behind-the-scenes. The animal ambassadors at Buttonwood Park Zoo are working ambassadors of their species and of their wild counterparts.  They stimulate interest and appreciation, dispel myths and fears, reconnect visitors with the natural world and stir all those they encounter to action. 


Striped Skunk

Scientific name

Mephitis mephitis


Variety of habitats, such as woods, plains, and desert areas, but prefer open or forest-edge zones. Also abundant on agricultural land and can adapt to urban areas. 


Omnivorous. Feeding on insects, small mammals, birds, or vegetation


7 – 10 years

Did you know?

Juvenile skunks are capable of spraying at 8 days old, around two weeks before their eyes open.


Southern Canada, United States and northern Mexico

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant