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Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Capybaras are excellent swimmers. They form groups, sometimes consisting of a pair and their young, sometimes including several adult individuals. Any type of group is led by a dominant male. They are semi-aquatic, spending long portions of their day in the water.

Like many other species, they mark their territory through the smell released by their scent glands.

Up to 50 Kg


Central and South America

150 days

Interesting facts about capybaras

They are the largest rodents in the world.

Their feet are webbed.

Their eyes, ears and nostrils are located on the top of their heads, staying out of the water when swimming.

How we help the conservation of capybaras and other mammals

Loro Parque raises awareness of the animal kingdom and ecosystems among its visitors. Even for non-threatened species, such as capybaras, it is essential that we are made aware of the fragility of biological balance.

Climate change negatively impacts habitats and animal populations and requires individual and collective action to curb its effects.