Named after Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara, agoutis are found in forests across countries in South America, such as Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
They are herbivores, feeding on fruits, seeds and plants.
Agoutis are usually solitary and are extremely shy, spending their time during the day looking for food and hiding from predators. This animal is also a fairly good swimmer, and can sometimes be spotted near water.
They are sometimes known as "jungle gardeners", as they often bury nuts and seeds and forget where they put them, therefore helping new plants to grow.
After a gestation period of around three months, females give birth to two to four pups.
There is not currently any specific data on the current population size of the Azara's agouti, though it is understood that numbers are decreasing due to habitat loss and hunting.
- Latin Name: Dasyprocta azarae
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Rodentia
- Family: Dasyproctidae
- Conservation status: Data Deficient
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