This Sunday, October 2, we’ll be celebrating the culture of Argentina with the Friends of Argentine Tango. Visit the museum for a lesson in Tango and workshops inspired by Argentine artistic traditions! At the Clay Bar, you’ll be able to sculpt animals found in the Patagonia, a region shared by Argentina and Chile that has mountains, deserts, and grasslands. To get you inspired for Sunday, we’ve put together six fun facts about animals of the Patagonia.
1. Elephant Seals, which live on the coasts of Argentina, can hold their breath underwater for more than 100 minutes. Male Elephant Seals can be exceptionally large, sometimes reaching up to 20 feet in length and weighing over 6,000 pounds.
2. The Armadillo, found across Argentina, has special membranes in its nostrils which can extract oxygen from the soil without inhaling any of the soil itself.
3. Patagonian Maras, found in the Patagonian Steps, are one of the largest rodents in the world sometimes weighing up to 20 pounds. Patagonian Mara couples stay together for life, only replacing their mates if they die.
4. The Lesser Rhea of Patagonia is a large flightless bird. Female Lesser Rheas will lay the eggs, but the males play the role of a single-dad, incubating the eggs and raising the chicks after they hatch.
5. Geoffroy’s Cat, is a small feline about the size of a housecat, and is found around the Patagonia. Unusual to cats, Geoffroy’s Cat will stand up on its back two feet to scan its horizons, much like Prairie Dogs do.
6. The Puma, also commonly known as the Cougar, inhabits a large range across the Americas from Canada to Argentina. They are solitary animals and only live with other pumas when they are kittens. Pumas are known to fight when they come into contact with other Pumas that have invaded their territory.