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Sheffield Tropical Butterfly House Welcomes Patagonian Maras

    Patagonian Maras arrive at Sheffield Tropical Butterfly House

    Take a trip to The Sheffield Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre to see the recently welcomed new Patagonian Maras; an unusual looking member of the rodent family! Maras are the fourth largest member of the rodent family, after capybaras, beavers and porcupines resemble a large long-legged hare. The two males, ?Egbert? and ?Reggie?, have moved in to ?Prairie Dog Camp?; home to the centre?s friendly Striped Skunk, ?Bumbles?, and a family of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. Patagonian Maras are found in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina but are also found in other parts of South America, including Paraguay. Maras are capable of jumping up to 6 feet in the air and running at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour The Maras are now on display to visitors and are the latest in a string of new animal arrivals at Sheffield Tropical Butterfly House this year; including a Spectacled Caiman, Great Grey Owl, Raven, Wallabies, Sulcata tortoises, Grey Mouse Lemurs and many more. The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre is open daily year round and is located just 5 minutes from the M1, junction 31. For more information, visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk.