CAPYBARA

Closely related to guinea pigs, capybaras are extremely sociable animals and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals.


CAPYBARA

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

A rodent the size of a goat?! The capybara is the largest rodent in the world! With partially webbed feet and big thick bodies, they are very impressive animals to look at. Their native habitat is the wetlands of South America, for this reason they spend a lot of time in the water and can remain submerged in the water for up to 5 minutes.

Typically living in groups of 10-20 individuals, capybara groups can consist of as many as 50-100 individuals in the dry season. They don’t look like the most agile creatures, they have been known to run as fast as a horse.

They are equally as agile in the water often entering the water to avoid predation, they can even sleep in the water, leaving their nostrils out the water to breathe.

  • Capybara
  • Capybara

FACT FILE

Least Concern

Capybara are listed as least concern on the IUCN red list.

Capybaras are found throughout South America. Their habitat includes:

  • Savannas
  • Dense forrests

Capybara are herbivores and feed mainly on leaves and aquatic plants.

Capybara have a number of threats that include:

  • Hunting
  • Predation

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