Archive for 'Caviidae'

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

It’s midday and it scorching hot, so what’s better than simply standing in the river? You can see from the absence of ripples that they have been standing absolutely still for quite some time. They feel safe in the water, and cooled now, but they cannot eat here, so hunger will lead them back to […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

These giant rodents are perhaps the most photographed of all animals of the Pantanal, but most are from afar and generic. I find these animals truly amazing and gentle, and hope these close-ups can convey some of their energy and uniqueness. This is a mature male – identified by the gland on the snout which […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

The fruit of the Acuri palm (Attalea butyracea) is important food for a number of Pantanal bird and mammal species, and here one adult capybara of a family of several youngsters enjoys the ripe (yellow) fruits. It appears the husk is what they prefer, as none of the nuts were cracked open. The capybara should […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

In Pantanal some groups of capybaras are almost tame, and this one was no exception, as it seemingly regarded my passing as the river itself. This is not the case when a jaguar is nearby, as this is the favourite prey. In Bolivia they were much more wary of humans, as they are commonly hunted […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

A very common mammal, and perhaps the most abundant in Madidi. My trip out of Madidid provided the most sightings, and several resting as seen here. This is another family a little further down Tuichi River.