A Capybara stands in grass at the Audubon Zoo.

Animal's Behavior
Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are large semi-aquatic rodents with a life span of about 12 years in zoos. They usually live in groups of a dozen to 20 individuals, although some groups as large as 100 have been documented. They are favored prey of anaconda, jaguars, caiman and other predators. They breed rapidly. 

Eating Habits
Capybara eat grass, fruit and tree bark. They are autocoprophagous, meaning they consume their own feces. 

South America savannahs and forests near water.

Conservation Efforts
Capybara is a species of least concern that is routinely hunted for its meat and hide.

Animal Facts
Capybara are the world’s largest rodent and can run as fast as a horse and bark like a dog.