• Status

    Least Concern

  • Size

    Up to 65 kg

  • Threat


  • Distribution

    South America

  • Diet


Meet the world's largest rodent on your journey through South America Viva!

A rodent the size of a goat?! Closely related to Guinea pigs; Capybaras are extremely sociable animals. With partially-webbed feet and big thick bodies, they are very impressive animals. 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 for up to 5 minutes.

Although Capybara don’t look like the most agile creatures, they have been known to run as fast as a horse! They also often submerge in water to avoid predation and can even sleep underwater by leaving their nostrils poking out of the surface to breathe.

Where in the park?

Enter the world of 'South America Viva!' and experience a unique walk-through wildlife encounter. Get up close with some of the most fascinating and adorable creatures from the wilds of latin America.

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Capybara (1)

What's on today

Daily programme

Daily programme at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Time Event Location
12:00 PM Animals of South America Ranger Talk & Feeding Time South America Viva!
2:30 PM Animals of South America Ranger Talk & Feeding Time South America Viva!
South America Experience (1)

VIP South America Tour

Travel to South America in the heart of Yorkshire and discover some of the most awesome and bizarre animals that the continent has to offer, from Six-Banded Armadillos to Howler Monkeys!

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