Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis patagonum) is a large mammal in the Caviidae family of rodents. It is also known as the Patagonian Hare or the Patagonian Cavy. It is a cavid, related to the Guinea Pig. 

The Patagonian Mara looks like a mixture of a hare, a jackrabbit, and a guinea pig. It has long ears and long legs. Its hind (back) legs are longer than its fore (front) legs. Its front feet have four toes and its back feet have three toes. Its tail is short and hairless. It has grey fur with orange-yellowish sides and chin, and a white patch on its rump. It has a white underbelly. 

The Patagonian Mara grows to 69-75 centimetres (27-30 inches) long. Its tail is 4-5 centimetres (2 inches) long.

Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian Mara is native to Argentina and parts of Patagonia in South America. It prefers open and semi-open plains with shrubs.  

It is herbivorous, eating grass, vegetation, and fruit. Its predators include cats, foxes, and eagles.

It is mainly diurnal, active during the day. 

It does not hop like a rabbit. Instead, it runs like a deer or an antelope. 

It forms a monogamous pair. It lives in a den, or warren, underground with other families of Patagonian Mara. The female is pregnant for about 100 days, before giving birth to one or two live young, called pups. The young are able to leave their mother after about 13 weeks. 

Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara
Patagonian Mara

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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