One of the most unusual looking rodents in the world, the Patagonian mara has long ears resembling a hare and a body resembling that of a small deer. Well adapted to running, mara have very powerful hind limbs, you will often see them hopping and racing around South America Viva.


Dolichotis patagonum

Looking like a cross between a huge rabbit and a small deer, the mara is the world’s fourth largest rodent. Mara can walk, hop, gallop and bounce on all four legs. They have been clocked at 45mph!

Mara are strictly monogamous and mate for life, typically having 1-3 offspring a year. Mara babies are very well developed when they are born usually grazing within the first 24 hours of their life.

Patagonian mara display behavioural traits that are very unusual in the rodent family. They are very active during the day, spending long periods of time basking in the sun.

  • Mara
  • Mara


Near Threatened

Patagonian mara are listed as near threatened on the IUCN red list.

Patagonian mara are found throughout Argentina. Their habitat includes:

  • Forests
  • Shrubland

Patagonian mare are herbivores and feed mainly on vegetation and fruit.

Giant otters have a number of threats that include:

  • Habitat Loss
  • Hunting


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