Open grassland, tropical rainforest, always near water.
Plant material, including water plants in rivers and lakes.
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.
2 - 7 youngsters are born after a gestation of 150 days (5 months). Mating takes place in water.
Hunting for food.
Captive populations of capybara in British and Irish zoos are being managed co-operatively.
- Latin Name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Rodentia
- Family: Hydrochoeridae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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