FUN FACTS

• Capybaras are the world’s largest rodent

• Their front legs are slightly shorter than their hind legs

• Capybaras have webbed feet

• Their latin names Hydrochoerus and hydrochaeris both mean “water pig”

THREATS & CONSERVATION

This species is severely threatened by hunting. Occasionally, they are illegally poached for meat, pelts, and because they graze competitively with livestock.