Central American agouti, Tatama National Park
Nearing the end of our daytime hike at Tatama National Park, we found this Agouti close to the lodge area. Initially surprising as they tend to be pretty shy, but it became soon clear they were being fed from that place. We saw them every day at this same place.
The Central American agouti is a species of agouti from the family Dasyproctidae. The main portion of its range is from Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula , through Central America, to northwestern Ecuador, Colombia and far western Venezuela. A highly disjunct population is found in southeastern Peru, far southwestern Brazil, Bolivia, western Paraguay and far northwestern Argentina. The disjunct population has been treated as a separate species, the brown agouti , but a major review of the geographic.. more