Capibara du parc animalier Le PAL
Famille de Capibara au bord de l'eau au parc Le PAL
Bébé capibara découvrant son environnement au parc animalier Le PAL
Bébés Capibara en plein repas avec leur maman au parc animalier du PAL

Capybara

Scientific name :
Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris
Class :
Mammals
Order :
Rodents
Family :
Hydrocheridae

Capybaras are semiaquatic animals and spend some of their time on land. They have partially webbed feet and particularly like bodies of water and marshes. To remain hidden while continuing to keep an eye out for predators, capybaras immerse themselves almost completely in water. Like hippopotamuses, only their ears, eyes and nostrils (located at the top of their skull) remain above the waterline to survey the surrounding area.

 

Geographic distribution of the capybara

Capybaras are found in South America, in Venezuela and Brazil.

 

Habits of the capybara

It is a nocturnal animal which prefers to shelter in a muddy den during the day. Capybaras have many predators such as jaguars and caymans, but also humans, who hunt them for their hide and flesh. They live in small groups of around 10 individuals, managed by the dominant female. They find food in the area around their den. They use their powerful incisors to cut through plants and roots.

Did you know?

The capybara is the largest rodent in the world, and males can weigh more than 60 kg.
Forest, marshes, river arms
Length: 1.10 m to 1.30 m
Weight: 65 kg (males) and 35 kg (females)
Bark, roots, seeds, grasses and fruit.
Longevity: 10 years.
Gestation: 55 days, Young: 1 to 8
Sexual maturity: 3 years.

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered