Project Description

(Dolichotis patagonum)

The Patagonian Cavy is a herbivorous, somewhat rabbit-like animal found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia.

Active during the day, this species spends long periods basking in the sun, either resting on its haunches or with its front limbs folded under its body like a cat. It remains vigilant for predators, however, and when threatened, may escape by galloping.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Argentina

Weight: 18 - 35 lbs

Size: 27 - 30 inches in length

Lifespan: Up to 14 years in captivity. Unknown in the wild.

Diet: The Patagonian Cavy is largely herbivorous. They feed primarily on green vegetation and fruit.

Conservation Status: Near Threatened

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