PATAGONIAN CAVIES – BROTHER & SISTER
BORN AT STATEN ISLAND ZOO!
What resembles a jackrabbit with distinctive long ears, long limbs, and muscular hind legs, but runs like a deer or antelope with long fluid strides?
It’s a rodent found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia … called the Patagonian cavy,
or sometimes Patagonian mara.
Newly born at the Staten Island Zoo are two cavies, brother, Cael, and sister, Caela .
Born on June 3, 2014, the pups now weigh about two pounds each and are spending their time in the Zoo nursery.
The cavy is the world’s fourth largest rodent and is considered a Near Threatened species in the wild.
See them in the Nursery.