Mara

Latin name Dolichotis patagonum
Class Mammals
Order Rodentia
Family Caviidae
Habitat Open desert and grassland
Distribution Argentina
IUCN Status Near Threatened

General Information

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

Fun Fact

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.

Keeper Notes

 Milly, our mara, can often be seen basking in the sunshine in her enclosure.