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Capybaras (Hydrochoerus spp.) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Husbandry

  • Captive-raised capybara have higher survival rates than those in wild
  • Females in captivity reach sexual maturity later than in wild (26 vs. 18 months)
  • Capybaras bred in many zoos; also commercially bred in South America for meat and skins
  • Behavior changes in captivity at high density
  • Some populations managed in natural areas

Young Capybara with Mom

Capybara and baby

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Capybaras at the San Diego Zoo

Capybaras at the San Diego Zoo.

Watch how members of this capybara family move and forage.

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Page Citations

Chapman (1991)
Nogueira et al (1999)

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