Although sometimes called Patagonian cavies or Patagonian hares, these unique animals belong in the mammalian Order Rodentia. Their closest living relatives are guinea pigs and the capybara. Native to central and southern Argentina, wild populations are in decline due to habitat loss and hunting.
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Forests, Grasslands, Scrublands
Bonded pairs of this monogamous species live and travel together, remaining in close proximity but rarely making physical contact. On warmer days, look for them in shady areas of their habitat. On cooler days, they may cozy up inside their hide box.