Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

The Capybara is native to South America and is the largest rodent in the world.  Highly social animals by nature, they live in groups of approximately 10-20 individuals and are found in dense forests and savannahs near bodies of water.  These semi-aquatic animals have a heavy, barrel shaped body, short head and blunt snout.

The Capybara is a herbivore and eat grass, fruit, plants and aquatic plants.

Lifespan – Up to 12 years

IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern