Named after the Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara, Azara’s Agouti are large rodents found throughout Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.


Dasyprocta azarae

Agoutis are also rodents. They spend a lot of time hiding from predators in the rainforest. If a predator such as a jaguar approaches they may freeze, make an alarm call or raise the long hairs on its rump to scare the enemy away.

Azara’s Agoutis diet mainly consists of nuts, fruits and plant material and are though to be the only mammal that can open a brazil nut due to their exceptionally sharp teeth.

Agouti’s are known as jungle gardeners because they often bury nuts and seeds, then forget where they put them, aiding plants and trees to grow. Azara’s Agoutis have a gestation period of around 90 days, typically 2-4 young are born in a burrow and will stay with their mother until they can fend for themselves to go and live a solitary lifestyle.

  • Azara's Agouti
  • Azara's Agouti


Data Deficient

Azara’s agouti are listed as data deficient on the IUCN red list.

Azara’s agouti are found throughout South America. Their habitat includes:

  • Rainforests
  • Savannahs

Azara’s agouti are herbivores and feed mainly on seeds, nuts, fallen fruit and other plant material.

Azara’s agouti have a number of threats that include:

  • Predation
  • Hunting
  • Habitat loss


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