In the Wild:

Mara travel in mated pairs and are active mostly during the day. Mara have a variety of locomotions. They may walk normally, hop in a rabbit-like fashion, gallop or bounce on all fours. They are able to do this for long distances and at high speed, and have been closed at speeds of 45 km/hr for more than 1000 meters. Cavies also vocalise with grunts, grumbles and screams. They spend much of their day basking in the sun.

Quick Facts

  • Lifespan: Up to 12 years
  • Distribution: Central and South Argentina
  • Habitat: Arid grasslands and brushlands with a great deal of open space

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

  • Many thanks to ALL, Owain absolutely loved his Experience Keeper Day,  fact that much he wants to do  it again next birthday also,

    So Many Thanks Again to all.

  • I thoroughly recommend the outreach programme. The presence of live animals in the classroom inspired my students and helped their understanding of many parts of the science national curriculum. The interpretation officers are informative and very knowledgeable. They pitched their presentation at the appropriate level, encouraging students to ask many questions and were happy to discuss my needs before the talk to ensure its relevance to my class. The whole event was a very easy way to organise a really exciting experience.

  • I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for a wonderful experience that my family enjoyed yesterday at Shepreth.

    Despite the unfortunately changeable weather on Saturday my partner and I along with our 3 children (aged 3,6 and 9) had a most enjoyable day. There was so much to see, do, stroke, learn about, play on, etc that we didn’t want to leave!

    However the icing on the cake for all of us was when we went into Bug City where we met a charming and informative keeper who showed us some of the animals and answered lots of questions from my inquisitive 9 year old about spiders, lizards, snakes and scorpions.

    Please pass on our gratitude to all your friendly staff as it was so nice to take my family somewhere that catered for all ages and where the staff clearly are enjoying what they do and not forgetting all the animals that are so well looked after and cared about.

    Looking forward to visiting again when we can – please keep up the great work!

  • Please pass on a huge thankyou to Lainie who spent time with flynn today showing him the education room, the small insects and rats, and especially the time she spent showing him the tigers which were his worst fear!

    Shepreth Wildlife park – thank you soo much you are brilliant! Would recommend to anyone!

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