Patagonian maras, also known as the Patagonian cavy, Patagonian hare, or dillaby, are large rodents that have physical characteristics similar to rabbits. They are known to bounce on all of their four legs, making a movement called ‘stotting’. Historically, maras have ranged from Argentina to the southernmost tip of South Africa, Tierra del Fuego. Unfortunately, maras have been greatly affected by hunting and habitat alteration. Argentinian agriculture continues to convert grasslands into pastures. Additionally, sheep farming has resulted in competition for resources among the two herbivorous species. In Buenos Aires Province, these threats have resulted in the local extinction of this species. As of 2008, Patagonian maras are listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List. They exist in at least 12 protected areas within their native range.
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Location: Outside of the Wildlife Lodge
Arrived at EPZ: Rocket & Digger- 7/21/2020