Weighing well-over 100 pounds, the capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It is present in much of South America, including the Amazon rainforest and flooded savannahs. This photograph was taken in the Tambopata rainforest in Peru. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler
Although listed as Least Concern under the IUCN Red List, capybara are threatened in some regions due to overhunting for skins and meat. These capybara are crossing a road in Brazil. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.
Like these swimming capybara in Brazil, the world’s largest rodents spend much of their time in water and are always found near water sources. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Capybara are prey for big carnivores, such as caiman, anaconda, and puma. This photo shows capybara tracks being trailed by the America’s biggest cat, the jaguar, in the Tambopata rainforest of Peru. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Capybara with babies in the Tambopata rainforest of Peru. Capybara mothers’ birth between two to eight infants. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Lone capybara in Brazil. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
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