Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, capivara) are probably our most abundant native mammals together with white-lipped peccaries. They form bigger herds of up to 20 animals, lead by a dominant male which can be recognized by the prominent scent-gland on his nose. Their name derives from what the Guarani Indians call "the master of the grasses".
They can become very tame if not stressed by people. On Fazenda Barranco Alto the "mineiros" group is a very relaxed one, led by Sir Michal and Lady Laura.
|The notable Lady Laura.|
|Luminary Lord Michal.|
|Tony trying to be one of them...|
|Lady Laura feeding milk.|