Patagonian Cavy (Mara)
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Patagonian Cavy (Mara)

The Patagonian Mara is a relatively large rodent in the mara genus (Dolichotis). It is also known as the Patagonian cavy, Patagonian hare or dillaby. This herbivorous, somewhat rabbit-like animal is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia. It is monogamous, but often breeds in warrens that are shared by several pairs.

Patagonian Cavy (Mara)

Fun Facts

  • The Patagonian Mara spends long periods basking in the sun, either resting on its haunches or with its front limbs folded under its body like a cat.
  • Patagonian form lifelong pairs – a rare trait in mammals.
  • Their front limbs are shorter, with four sharp claws that help this species to dig burrows in which the young take refuge.
Patagonian Cavy (Mara)

About Our Maras

This mom and son duo is quite curious and are very entertained by the antics of their cage mates. They will watch the birds play and follow tortoises as they cruise around their habitat. But their favorite activity is to lay down and enjoy the sunshine.

Conservation Status:
Least Concern
Extinct Threatened Least
Patagonian Cavy (Mara)

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