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5 Facts about the elusive Patagonian Pumas

5 Facts about the elusive Patagonian Pumas
Ricardo Casarin
| @casarin.ricardo
March 18, 2024

Explore the heart of Patagonia, where adventure meets untamed beauty. Discover 5 captivating facts about the elusive pumas, from their remarkable size to their vital role in the ecosystem.

In the stunning Torres del Paine National Park, we unveil the secrets of these awe-inspiring creatures. Join us for a thrilling expedition into Patagonia’s wilderness, where you can stand face-to-face with a puma and capture their essence through your lens. It’s a journey that promises to leave you in awe of the untamed beauty of Patagonia. 

You might also like this exclusive SouthQuest documentary shot during one of our Patagonian expeditions.

1. Patagonian pumas are also known as mountain lions or cougars: They are the same species of cat, but they have different names depending on where they live.

2. The Patagonian puma is the largest predator in Patagonia. Male pumas can weigh anywhere from 68 up to 100 kilos, while females tend to weigh over 45 kilos. They are generally between 10 to 12 feet in length, from the head to the end of the tail.

3. Patagonian pumas are highly adaptable and can live in a variety of habitats, including shrubby steppe ecoregions, dense woodlands, and mountains. They are most commonly found in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, where there is a particularly high density.

4. Patagonian pumas are solitary animals and only come together to mate. Females raise their kittens alone, and the kittens stay with their mother for about 18 months. So, if you cross paths with these beautiful animals, you aren’t likely to find more than one adult at once.

5. Patagonian pumas are apex predators, meaning they are at the top of the food chain. Their main prey is guanacos, but they also eat other animals such as deer, hares, and birds.

Get face-to-face with this elusive creature in the wilderness of Patagonia. Join SouthQuest for an intense puma tracking expedition!

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About the author
Ricardo Casarin
| @casarin.ricardo

Co-founder, Naturalist Guide & Tour Leader
Ricardo Casarin has been leading tours in Brazil since 1998 and is one of Brazil’s most respected naturalist guides. Specializing in Natural History, Birdwatching, and Nature Photography tours, his expertise covers biomes such as the Pantanal, the Amazon, the Atlantic Rainforest, the Caatinga, and the Cerrado (the Brazilian Savanna). Ricardo also coordinates and leads tours through Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. He is co-author of the book “Tourism Guide in Natural Areas.”

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