Azara’s Agouti

Azara’s Agouti

AZARA’S AGOUTI

Dasyprocta azarae

The Azara’s Agouti is native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina in south America and is found in tropical rainforests and tropical dry forests.

They are often referred to as ‘jungle gardeners’ as they bury nuts and seeds to come back to later only to forget where they are and therefore sowing the seeds for new things to grow.

These extremely shy creatures are active during the day and usually live alone.  They make their homes by digging burrows under rocks and amongst tree roots.

Generally herbivorous, they eat seeds, nuts, fruits, shoots and leaves.

Lifespan – Up to 20 years

IUCN Conservation Status – Data Deficient

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