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Azara’s Agouti

Dasyprocta azarae

Agouti are rodents and closely related to guinea pigs. The Azara’s agouti is one of around 10 subspecies of agouti and was discovered by the 18th century naturalist Felix de Azara.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 50cm
Weight: 2-3kg

habitat

Habitat

The Azara’s agouti is found in the rainforests of Brazil, eastern Paraguay and Argentina.

diet

Diet

Azara’s agouti feeds mainly on fruit and nuts. It has powerful front teeth to break into hard nut shells such as that of the Brazil nut.

behaviour

Breeding

Pairs of agouti are usually monogamous (stay together for life) and females give birth to 1 or 2 young, after a pregnancy of around 3 months.

threat

Conservation

Azara’s agouti are currently described as “Data Deficient”. They are thought to be at risk in the wild but there is not enough scientific information available at the moment to classify them properly.

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