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Capybara

Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris:
Mammal

IUCN Status
Not a threatened species (“least concern”) farmed for meat and regularly hunted



Diet

An herbivore eating grasses, aquatic vegetation, fruit and tree bark.

Habitat

The Latin name gives the habitat away – (water pig) living near waterways which have dense forest nearby throughout South America.

Behaviour

Adapted for a semiaquatic life style they are gregarious and can be found in herds of from 20 to 200!

Breeding

Only mating in water, a gestation of 130-150 days, 2 – 7 young are born eyes open and ready to move and can graze themselves by 7 days of age.

Fun Facts

Only mating in water, a gestation of 130-150 days, 2 – 7 young are born eyes open and ready to move and can graze themselves by 7 days of age.

At The Zoo

We have bred many capybara and had a herd in our marsh enclosure numbering in excess of 14 individuals. They are very efficient reed and grass grazes so we have to restrict their number depending on enclosure size and grazing available