Capybara Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris
herbivorous (grasses and aquatic plants, occasionally fruit and bark)
South America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Andes, Colombia, Guyana)
Capybaras are the largest rodents.
Well adapted to their semi-aquatic life thanks to their partially webbed feet and the high placing of their eyes, eyes and nose, capybaras are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater for 5 minutes. In emergencies, they take cover in water. Their predators are jaguars, caimans and anacondas.
Hunted for their meat and skin, capybaras are dwindling in number in densely populated regions of the Amazon.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW