Capybaras Luis Suarez and Fernando have travelled down from Auckland Zoo to join Brooklands Zoo’s collection of exotic animals.
Capybaras are regarded as the giants of the rodent world, as they grow up to 130cm long and weigh between 37kg and 67kg when fully grown (the females are usually larger than males).
“They’re a fantastic addition to Brooklands Zoo and they’re sure to be popular among visitors as they are social and can sleep in shallow water,” says NPDC spokesperson Jacqueline Baker. “They love to be in water so they were a perfect fit for where the otters used to be.”
Capybaras are semi-aquatic and can sleep in shallow water as their eyes, ears and nostrils are at the top of their heads.
They have partially webbed toes and are strong swimmers, and are native to Central and South America.
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