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Capybara

Zoo Location: Savannah
 Capybara
Habitat

Open grassland, tropical rainforest, always near water.

Wild Diet

Plant material, including water plants in rivers and lakes.

Behaviour

The capybara lives in family groups of 10 - 40, near to water, where they swim or wallow during the hottest part of the day. In areas where they are not disturbed they may be nocturnal.

Breeding

2 - 7 youngsters are born after a gestation of 150 days (5 months). Mating takes place in water.

Threats

Hunting for food.

Conservation

Captive populations of capybara in British and Irish zoos are being managed co-operatively.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Hydrochoeridae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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