All About Patagonian Cavies

Patagonian Cavies, also known as the Patagonian Mara, are a rodent species closely related to Guinea Pigs. Cavies are native to Argentina and are known for their incredible agility. Their small frame and long legs allow them to run up to 25mph and jump as high as 6 feet. 

Meet the Settlement!

Maria

Breed: Patagonian Cavy
Birthday: December 30, 2020

Miss Maria is our female of the settlement and is growing in confidence every day! We are hoping for babies in the spring.

Maria is the smaller of the two and lighter in color. The easiest way to spot her is her clipped ears. This is from over-grooming as a pup and does not present any ongoing health issues. Patagonian Cavys usually reach maturity at about 8 months old, so we are hoping miss Maria will have babies in the spring! 

When you visit the farm, Maria is usually the bolder of the pair and will walk up to the fence and great you for a snack! Otherwise she will be sunbathing at the Bottom of her pen.

Mateo

Breed: Patagonian Cavy
Birthday: December 20, 2020

Mateo is our male of the settlement and has made great improvement in socialization since his arrival. 

Mateo is more nervous around people than his mate, Maria. We have been working with him slowly over the past few months and he is starting to come up to people, as long as there are snacks involved! Mateo is darker in color than Maria and usually easy to spot from his tall ears on alert.

Wherever Maria goes, Mateo is usually not far behind. If you are lucky, Mateo will come up with Maria for some scratches and a snack! If not, he will be running and playing in his pen.


Fun Facts about Cavies

  1. Patagonian Cavies are one of the few rodent species that are monogamous for life.
  2. They are the 4th largest rodent in the world.
  3. In the wild, they live solely in Argentina.
  4. Cavies are closely related to guinea pigs and beavers.
  5. Most females have single, twins, and on rare occasions triplets and will produce only one litter annually. 
  6. In the wild, Patagonians will live in communal burrows. 
  7. Female cavies recognize their young by sound and scent.
  8. Babies stay with their parents much longer than most rodent species, spending about three months before being weaned. 
  9. Patagonian Cavies live for approximately 12-15 years in human care. 
  10. Cavies are listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List, and are protected within the South American lowlands within their native range.