Patagonian Mara

Patagonian Mara - 560w

patagonian mara-1The 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.

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern - LC

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Here are a few 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.

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April 1 st – October 31 st:
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November 1 st – March 31 st:
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Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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Children 3 to 11 $5.00

Seniors 65+ $6.00

Children 2 years and under — FREE

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