Capybara

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Our Capybara at Branson's Promised Land Zoo are named "Yogi and Boo Boo"  these two have been raised together since they were just young capys, we hope that they will be old enough to produce some young this year!  Baby capys are super adorable!

Capybara are the largest rodents in the world!  Native to South America, the capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water. It is a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals, but usually lives in groups of 10–20 individuals. The capybara is not a threatened species, though it is hunted for its meat and skin.

Capybaras have slightly webbed feet and vestigial tails.  Their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs, and their muzzles are blunt with eyes, nostrils, and ears on top of their heads. Females are slightly heavier than males.  They can weigh 77-200 pounds!

Capybara gestation is 130–150 days, and usually produces a litter of four capybara babies, but may produce between one and eight in a single litter.

Interesting Facts:

¨ All females within the group help care for and nurse the young.

¨ Also known as the water pig or water hog.

¨ An adult capybara can eat 6 to 8 pounds of grass a day.

¨ Capys also have a scent gland on the top of their nose called a morrillo (Spanish for “small hill”), though the males’ is much larger. The bigger the morrillo, the more dominant the male.