Patagonian Cavy

Our Patagonian Cavy, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Patagonian Cavy (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Patagonian Cavy Facts
Patagonian Cavy
Dolichatus patagonum

Life Span
Wild: 10 years
Captivity: 14 years
27-30 inches
Average Weight
18-35 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our Patagonian Cavy, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Cavies are large rodents that resemble rabbits and hares. They are found in Patagonia and Argentina living in arid grasslands.
  • They are very fast runners and can reach up 35 mph. Their hind feet have three toes with hoof like claws. Their front feet have four clawed toes for digging.
  • Cavies are born well developed with fur. They learn to walk quickly. After birth, they are often moved to a communal den with other pups. Sometimes a female will nurse young from another mother. Pups remain in the den until about 4 months of age.
  • Their conservation status is considered near threatened. European hares have been introduced to their environment and have created competition for food sources. Cavies are also hunted for their skins.

Did You Know?

Patagonian cavies mate for life and are monogamous. Males will urinate on females to “mark” them and keep other males away. Multiple pairs will sometimes share a communal den.