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 Coroline

Coroline is 1 year old, and she is our female Capybara that has joined us from All Things Wild. She is already settling in well, is more confident than Maní and can be seen exploring her habitat or sitting in her water.  She loves nothing more than tucking into to all of her vegetables, and she has shown a fondness for butternut squash.

Coroline and her keepers are slowly building up a relationship since arriving at the park, and she has already started feeling settled enough to take food out of their hands.

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 Paradise Wildlife Park 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. Maní is lighter in colour than Coroline and also slightly larger than her.

Maní has been bought to Paradise Wildlife Park, along with Coroline, to form a new breeding pair and hopefully, will have some Capybara pups in the future. They will also mix with our lowland Tapirs once they have settled.  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 Paradise!

Early in June 2023 Paradise 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.  They are gaining confidence daily. They have already been seen roaming their habitat with Coroline at their side and soon we are sure they will be having their own zoomies around the habitat and taking a dip in their large pool.

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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