Also known as the mara, Patagonian cavies
are found in the dry grasslands of the Argentine
foothills, in an area known as Patagonia. Although
excellent diggers, Patagonian cavies generally inhabit
burrows abandoned by other animals, small caves and
other naturally occurring shelters.
Extremely social animals, they live in
large groups of monogamous pairs. Young are kept in
communal burrows, with all the females in a group
sharing baby care duties. In fact, female Patagonian
cavies will even nurse each other's litters.
Like most social animals, Patagonian
cavies are rather talkative. Their most common
vocalizations are strikingly similar to those of guinea
pigs. They use their almost constant vocalizations to
reinforce social connections, warn of danger, and
express contentment. This information was taken from
At Cub Creek Science Camp the
Patogonian Cavy is always very popular with our campers. They
have a sweet, shy disposition and are inquisitive.
They love treats of apples and wheat bread. At
Science Camp the campers learn how to care for the
Patagonian cavies and what to feed them.