Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school


Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris


world's largest rodent, up to 140lbs (65kg)


rainforest, grasslands, usually near water


spotted a group of at least 50 capybara roaming free in a park in the city of Curitiba. it was very surprising to see all these capybara in the middle of the city. there was no fence around the park but they must have been brought there by someone at some point

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Little Rex!

Little Rex
Little Rex 10 years ago

Capybaras are just awesome, very nice spot, and great shots!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Yeah, I didn't see any predators in this park. Thanks Neil ;)

NeilDazet 11 years ago

I like them on their own like in these photos. Too many times you just get to seem crushed by an anaconda on Discovery or Animal Planet. My favorite in this series is the last one... the one with that big white mammal in it. :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks for the recent favorite auntnance, I was just thinking about this spotting actually. I just added more photos.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

I haven't seen Wump World but I do like capybaras a lot too!

KerryV.McQuaid 11 years ago

I love capybaras!!! Have you ever seen a children's book called "Wump World"? It was my favorite as a kid. The Wumps look just like capybaras!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

ok, thanks Peter

peter 11 years ago

Hey Dan, unfortunately no, sorry about that. But we're working on it, hopefully we'll have that available soon!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Carolina, is it possible to submit a spotting to more than one mission?

JandM 11 years ago

Is also known as "Ronsoco" in Perú

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

hmmm, interesting

Carolina 11 years ago

I don't know exactly why they have them, he and his sister are vets, and they have a large extension of land near my city where they breed cows and horses. I don't know if they are going to start breeding them, but you got to see them swimming in the lake.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

thanks. he's keeping them as pets?

Carolina 11 years ago

Nice! Few days ago I realized a friend has two capybaras at his house. But they destroy eeeverything. You can't sow anything, because they will eat it right away.

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 23, 2010
Submitted on Apr 23, 2011

Spotted for Mission

Related Spottings

capybara Capybara Capybara Capybara

Nearby Spottings

Southern Lapwing & Caracara falcon Bromeliad Varejeira azul (Blue bottle fly) Varejeira azul (Blue bottle fly)


Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team