Hydrochoerus – Capybaras

We are two extinct and two living species of rodents native to South America

The genus is named based on two words from the Greek language: ‘hýdor,’ meaning water, and ‘choíros,’ meaning pig. This genus includes the largest rodents that walk on earth and prefer to live in densely forested areas near rivers, streams, lakes, swamps, marshes, ponds, etc., appropriately named “water pigs.”

Two species are included in this genus: capybaras and lesser capybaras. Both species are highly social, semi-aquatic animals endemic to South America. They are not in any immediate threat regarding conservation but are hunted for their hide, meat, and grease from their thick skin.