Location at the Zoo
Americas Outdoor Mayan Temple Ruins
South America


Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Capybaras are the world's largest rodents. They have a stocky, barrel-shaped body with short, coarse, and reddish-brown fur. Their heads are somewhat square-shaped, and they have large, dark eyes and ears. Capybaras have partially webbed feet and no tail. 

Conservation Status: IUCN


Capybaras are widely distributed across South America, inhabiting a range of ecosystems such as savannas, grasslands, and wetlands. They are often found near water bodies, as they are excellent swimmers. 


Capybaras prefer areas near freshwater sources, including rivers, lakes, and marshes. They are highly adaptable and can thrive in various habitats, provided there is easy access to water. 


Capybaras are herbivorous and primarily graze on a diet of grasses and aquatic plants. They are known to consume a wide variety of vegetation, including fruits and tree bark, particularly during the dry season when other food sources may be scarce.