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Scientific Name

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

👀 Animal Footmark

Learn more about them below

Fun Fact!
Did you Know?!
Capybaras are the most laid-back of the rodent world, often seen lounging in the water to keep cool. They're excellent swimmers and can even hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes – talk about a stealthy swimmer!

Life Span

In the wild

8-10 years

at the zoo

Up to 12 years



77-146 pounds


20-24 inches at the shoulder



A lot of insects and occasionally plants.


Originated from South America – Venezuela to Argentina.

These chill giants lounge around bodies of water. They're the social butterflies of the wetlands, always ready for a pool party!

Conservation Status

Least Concern (LC)

Learn more about their conversion status.

The IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Natur maintains the Red List, a global database assessing the conservation status of species. It's a vital tool for tracking endangered species and guiding conservation efforts.

in the twin valleys

On Map
Visit them at Brantford Nature's Getaway

Navigate to them across our 25 acres.

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Find them in Brantford