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Patagonian Mara

Dolchotis patagonium

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Fact File

Average size

45-75cm in length



Litter size

1-3 offspring

life span

8-10 years in the wild

The Patagonian Mara is a unique species of rodent known for its rabbit-like appearance. These large, herbivorous mammals have long legs, dense fur, and distinctive facial features.


Patagonian Maras are social animals, often found in groups called warrens, where they communicate through vocalizations and scent marking. They primarily graze on grasses and other vegetation, using their keen sense of smell to detect predators. Patagonian Maras are monogamous and form strong pair bonds, with both parents caring for their offspring. They are capable runners and use their speed and agility to evade predators such as foxes and birds of prey.

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Did you know?!

Patagonian Maras are known for their unique behaviour of "pronging," where they leap into the air with all four legs extended, believed to be a form of communication or play

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