Patagonian Cavy

Dolicholis patagonumPatagonian Cavy

Cavies live in the central and southern portions of Argentina.  They like open spaces of arid grasslands and brushlands.  It is unlike any other South American rodent – it stands at almost 2 feet and is nearly 3 feet long.

Conservation Status – Their numbers are declining due to habitat destruction and food source competition with an introduced species to the same habitat range.

Did you know?
Unlike most mammals, Patagonian cavies are monogamous.