They may not look it, but capybara are excellent swimmers. Their eyes and ears sit high on their head so they can still see and hear what's going on while swimming.

Capybara live near wetlands, rivers and lakes. Being able to swim provides a useful escape from predators like Jaguar, anaconda and birds of prey. They can stay submerged in water for up to 5 minutes.

Capybara means "master of the grasses" - most of their diet is grass.

Our two female capybara, Rosita and Consuela, adult male, Kosh and two male capybara pups, Pepe and Pablo, live with our squirrel monkeys in The Rainforest.

Meet the youngest members of our capybara family: the pups Pepe and Pablo in the Zoo Tales episode below.

Video

Meet our capybara pups

Watch our capybara pups explore their rainforest enclosure for the first time.

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EXPERIENCE 

Behind the Scenes 

Sharing their home in the Zoo’s Rainforest, our unique Squirrel Monkey and Capybara experience will be one you treasure for years to come. 

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