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