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Background information
Taxonomy Rodent
Status Least Concern
Range South America
Habitat Rainforest
Feathers, fur Brown Body

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is the largest species of rodent in the world, followed by the beaver, porcupine, and mara. Its closest relatives are agouti, chinchillas, coypu, and guinea pigs.  The capybara is not a threatened species, though it is hunted for its meat and hide and also for the grease from its thick, fatty skin, which is used in the pharmaceutical trade.

In Rio 2, a Capybara named Claira sings a song before being swallowed whole by a black jaguar. Claira, unharmed, continues singing from inside the jaguar's stomach. The same scene is shown in the teatrical trailer. At the end of the film, the jaguar spits Claira out. A number of unnamed Capybaras are also seen throughout the film, most notably a group of acrobatic performers who audition for the "Amazon Untamed" show (most of whom end up getting eaten by piranha). Big Boss also has a stuffed capybara in his office.

Distribution and Habitat

It is Native to South America and inhabits savannas, dense forests, and lives near bodies of water.


It is a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals during the dry season, but usually lives in groups of in 10-20 individuals. The groups usually have two to four males, four to seven females and the rest juveniles. They can make dog-barks when threatened.


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