Maras look a bit like small deer and can jump up to 6ft in the air. They are herbivores, feeding on short grasses, herbs and fruit. They are diurnal, active in the daytime and spend half their day feeding. Pairs bond for life and are monogamous. In the wild, females dig a communal den or crèche for their young although they will only suckle their own.
Threats: Hunting and habitat destruction
Lifespan: 15 years
Mara’s are the 4th largest rodent in the world after capybara’s, beavers and porcupines. They can reach up to 18 inches in height.
Milo and Milly, our pair of mara’s, can often be seen basking in the sunshine in their enclosure. They like to be close to each other and communicate through a variety of sounds.