CREATURE FEATURES BRING Now keepers have opened up the former kangaroo home to merge it with the existing tapir and capybara
enclosure, giving family Chico, Meena and five-year-old Ronnie and the rodents much more space.
While the capybara
is not currently classified as an endangered species, it is hunted and poached for its meat and skin, which can be turned into leather.
are part of the same family as guinea pigs and are also known as water hogs
Living mainly on river banks in tropical countries in South America including Panama, Venezuela, Columbia and Costa Rica, capybaras
are water-loving animals, but not cold water.
The Trust expanded its menagerie and acquired the capybaras
in April when they were only two months old.
Alligator-like caimans doze while capybaras
, the world's largest rodent species, munch on grasses along the riverbank.
are another member of the guinea pig family, which live around rivers in South America.
Living caviomorphs include guinea pigs, chinchillas, and capybaras
, which at 50 kg weigh in as the largest living rodents.
She said, 'For example in Zone of Brazil (one of the zoo's exhibits), the capybaras
, the world's largest rodents, were out swimming yesterday.
Jaguars and Pumas are endangered species and it is hard to see them among the region's exuberant fauna which includes capybaras
, deer, otters, giant otters and reptiles, among several other animals.
Grazing in great herds on the swampy grasslands of South America is the rodents' version of a hippopotamus - capybaras
This was land we couldn't do anything with until we brought in buffalo," says Wilfried Merle, owner of Hato Rio de Agua, a marshy 1,000-hectare ranch where some 700 buffaloes splash about in swampy glory "We tried cattle, rice and even capybaras