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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.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris


Forests, wetlands and savannah across many parts of South America; they always live near bodies of water.

Location in the Zoo

On the west side of the Zoo near the tapir habitat

Cool Animal Fact

Though quite agile on land, capybaras are equally at home in the water; they are excellent swimmers.