Capybaras are widely distributed in South America. The population is curremtly stable. Main threat is hunting for meat and leather (a large market for the Capybara skins exists in South American countries).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Mammalia – mammals
■ Order Rodentia – rodents
■ Family Caviidae – cavies
■ Species Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris – Capybara