Here at Chessington we have 3 females: Alicia, Anabel and Bebe. Capybara are social animals that live in family groups. Capybara are widely distributed across South America, inhabiting both open plains and tropical rainforests, always near a large body of water. Having access to land and water is very important as they use open water for drinking, wallowing and protection from predators and use dry land for foraging and resting. Capybara are semi-aquatic animals and as a result are physically well-adapted. They have partially webbed feet, with four toes on their front feet and three toes on their back feet; their ears are small, short and hairless, with a mobile fold allowing them to close their ear canals; their ears, nostrils and eyes are all positioned on the top of their head.
Fun fact: The capybara is the largest living rodent in the world! They are over a metre in length and can weigh between 35-66 kilograms.
Where are they from?
How long do they live?
up to 12 years in captivity, around 6 in the wild
How big are they?
Females tend to be larger than males. Fully grown, capybaras are between 1 - 1.3m and between 0.5 - 0.6m in height, weighing between 35 - 65kg.
Capybaras are listed as least concern by the IUCN