Azaras Agouti

Dasyprocta azarae

Azara's Agouti, ''Dasyprocta azarae'', is a South American agouti species from the family Dasyproctidae. It is found in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is named after Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara.
Common Agouti Agoutis in the wild are very shy animals with excellent hearing that flee humans even when approaching them from far away. That and the fact that they hide in dense vegetation makes it hard to capture a wild one on film. This time our patience, and a 500mm lenze, paid off. You can tell it does not see you if their fur is not raised. Agouti,Brazil,Pantanal,Rodents

Behavior

Despite being active during the day, Azara's Agoutis are quite difficult to study as they are naturally extremely shy and will flee and hide when humans approach. Their shyness may be related to their solitary lifestyles but may be due to the fact that they are heavily preyed upon by many carnivorous species, including humans. However, if bred in captivity, it can become a trusting animal. Azara's Agouti will let out a little bark when alarmed. These animals are sometimes known as "jungle gardeners" as they often bury nuts and seeds and forget where they put them, therefore helping new plants to grow

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyDasyproctidae
GenusDasyprocta
SpeciesD. azarae
Photographed in
Brazil
Costa Rica