Scientific name: Dolichotis patagonum
Weight: 7-9 kg
Dimensions: 60-80 cm
Population: Unknown but decreasing
Life span: 14 years under human care
Gestation: 100 days
Social structural: 1-29 pairs
Habitat: grasslands and bushy deserts
Sustenance: herbivorous – grass, various vegetation
Threats: destruction of their habitat, hunting for their skin, feeding competition with imported herbivorous animals, disease from the import of the European rabbit.
IUCN status: Almost extinct
Information: In contrast to other rodents, the mara is monogamous. The bonding of the pair is maintained largely by the male which follows the female everywhere. He marks her with urine, emits odor from his rectal glands around her and defends her territory. Therefore, the area around the female mara is a moving fort.