Animals & Attractions

We have a small group of Azara's agouti in our collection.

Location in the zoo

Our agouti share an enclosure with the pudu near the sun bears.

In the wild

Azara’s agoutis (Dasyprocta azarae) are a species of rodent found in Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

They live in rainforests and savannahs and spend their days foraging for fruits, nuts, leaves, plants, seeds, and vegetables. They are known as “jungle gardeners” due to their habit of burying seeds and forgetting them, thus helping new plants to grow. They are also known as one of the only animals that can open a Brazil nut unaided, using their exceptionally sharp teeth and jaw strength.

Azara’s agoutis can be compared to guinea pigs, but with longer legs. They have speckled brown fur with a lighter-toned underside. They have five toes on their front feet, but only three toes on their hind feet. They are very shy animals and vocalise with a bark when alarmed. If they perceive danger, they will run swiftly away and are very good swimmers!

There is very little known about the number of Azara’s agoutis in the wild, but because they are hunted for food and may have undergone local extinctions.

Fun Facts!

  • Azara's Agouti

    Azara's Agouti like to live in tree hollows and burrows under ground, like rabbits. 

  • Azara's Agouti adult and young sitting together

    They have very sharp teeth and when feeding they sit on their hind legs and hold food in their front paws.

  • Azara's Agoutis are found in the rainforests and savannahs of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

Azara's Agouti Pics!

  • Azara's Agouti
  • Azara's Agouti adult and young sitting together
  • Azara's Agouti
  • Azara's Agouti adult and young sitting together

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