Our Capybara family consists of dad Bagpipe & his three kids! They are all big eaters but when they aren’t eating they love to go for a swim or relax & have a good nap!
Capybaras are found in savannas and rainforest, near ponds, rivers, or lakes across Central America and northern South America.
They are herbivores feeding mainly on grasses, water plants, buds, soft tree bark, reeds & grains.
Capybaras are semi-aquatic, spending a lot of time in the water, in fact they only mate in water. During mating the female has the advantage and mating choice, and if a female does not want to mate with a certain male, she will either submerge in the water (being able to hide under water for up to 5 minutes at a time) or just leave the water all together. They live in small family groups of about 10 – 20 individuals.
Capybaras face several predators like jaguars, anacondas, aimans, pumas, ocelots and harpy eagles so living by a constant source of water is important for them to be able to hide and retreat into murky waters escaping the predators.
Humans also pose a threat with illegal poaching, and they are at risk of habitat loss through deforestation & habitat destruction.
To help the numbers remain stable in the wild capybaras are being farmed for their meat as part of mammal management plan in Venezuela & Colombia.
Capybaras are the largest living rodent! Their head & body length is between 100–130 cm and they can weigh up to 61 kg.