The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. It’s related to the guinea pig, but capybara are six times as large and weigh 50 times as much!

  • Scientific Name: Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris
  • Range: Forests, wetlands and savannah across many parts of South America; they always live near bodies of water.
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: West Hoofed run, near tapir and bongo antelope
  • Cool Animal Fact: Though quite agile on land, capybaras are equally at home in the water; they are excellent swimmers.