Capybaras are closely related to guinea pigs and rock cavies.

The Capybara is the world’s largest rodent. Adults reach a length of 130cm and weigh around 60kg.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Meet Maní

Maní is a 1-year-old male Capybara that has joined us from Shepreth Wildlife Park. He is quite shy and is taking a little longer to settle in his new home here at Hertfordshire Zoo and spends most of the day in his bed. However, he is a bit of a night owl and enjoys exploring his habitat late into the night.

Capybara and Tapirs share the same habitat in the wild so showing both species co-habiting will help us educate our visitors about the natural habitat they come from and raise the awareness of the threats they face.

Three pups born at Hertfordshire Zoo!

Early in June 2023 we welcomed  three new Capybara pups. The pups were on their feet within the first 30 minutes of being born and have continued to grow strong and healthy.

Another two pups join the family

In the early hours of 27th November 2023 Hertfordshire Zoo welcomed a further two pups to the family.  According to a zoo spokesperson, “They’ve already settled in and are showing off their playful personalities!”

Key Facts

Herbivore. Feeding mainly on grasses and aquatic plants.
50 – 62 cm
Life Span:
6 - 8 years wild | 12 - 14 years captivity
Number of Young:
Endemic to the Kalahari desert in Southern Africa
South and Central America - most commonly found in swamps, marshes, rivers and lakes.
Adults reach a length of 130cm
Around 60kg
Did you know?
Offspring are highly developed at birth, and are able to follow the female and feed on grass within the first few weeks of life.




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