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Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris


Spotted on river bank in theTambopata National Reserve (Reserva Nacional Tambopata) a nature reserve in the Peruvian Amazon Basin south of the Madre de Dios River. The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. Its closest relatives are agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs.


Native to South America, the capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and being a semiaquatic mammal 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

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RickLampman 7 years ago

Very Cool Jill :)

JillBlack 8 years ago

Wow just had a look you are right ShannaB thanks for letting me know

ShannaB 8 years ago

Just saw on National Geographic's Facebook page that this is the National Geographic Spotting of the Week! Congrats Jill!!! : )

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Madre de Dios, Peru

Spotted on Mar 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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