• Status

    Data deficient

  • Size

    Up to 15 kg

  • Threat

    Habitat loss

  • Distribution


  • Diet


Seek out one of the most unusual-looking rodents in the world, the Patagonian Mara!

Patagonian Mara have long ears resembling a hare and a body resembling that of a small deer. Well-adapted to running, they have very powerful hind limbs, you will often see them hopping and racing around South America Viva!

Mara are the world’s fourth largest rodent and can sprint upto almost 40 kph!

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.

Where in the park?

Enter the world of 'South America Viva!' and experience a unique walk-through wildlife encounter. Get up close with some of the most fascinating and adorable creatures from the wilds of latin America.

Visit South America Viva!

Mara (1)

What's on today

Daily programme

Daily programme at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Time Event Location
12:00 PM Animals of South America Ranger Talk & Feeding Time South America Viva!
2:30 PM Animals of South America Ranger Talk & Feeding Time South America Viva!
South America Experience (1)

VIP South America Tour

Travel to South America in the heart of Yorkshire and discover some of the most awesome and bizarre animals that the continent has to offer, from Six-Banded Armadillos to Howler Monkeys!

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