PATAGONIAN CAVY (MARA)

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SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Dolichotis patagonum

HABITAT:  Pampas and arid areas with coarse grass or scattered shrubs in Argentina, South America.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Near Threatened
                                                   

FUN FACT: 

Although the basic social unit is the mated pair, they join together in colonies (called troops) of up to 70 individuals.  Males establish a dominance hierarchy in the troop by intimidating or fighting with other males. 

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