Capybara

INTRODUCTION

Capybara are the world’s largest rodent. They are better at digesting plants than both horses and cows making them a popular animal to farm in the wetlands of South America.

Our Capybara is called Duke. Capybara are excellent swimmers, they have webbed feet and their eyes, ears and nostrils are on the top of their head so they can almost fully submerge their body to hide from predators.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Status:

Least concern

Size:

1.1 to 1.3m

Weight:

35 to 65Kg

Life Span in Wild:

10 years

Habitat:

Grasslands, wetlands always near fresh flowing water

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Grasses and aquatic plants

Where Do I Live?

South America

Do I Have Any Predators?

Anacondas, caimans, jaguars and humans.

How Do I Live?

Crepuscular. Lives in multi sex groups.

Why Am I Endangered?

Over-hunting

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