Scientific Name: Dasyprocta Leporina

IUCN (Red List) Status: Least Concern (LC)

Similar in appearance to a Guinea pig—but larger and with longer legs—red-rumped agoutis are members of the rodent family. They are native to South America and are important members of their ecosystem, because they are the only mammals within their native range that are able to open the husk of a Brazil nut.

Habitat: Forest. It can occur in all available vegetation types but found primarily in open forest, usually distant from both water and dense vegetation.

Animal Location: South American Forest
Diet: They are frugivores and important seed dispersers.

Reproduction: Females typically reproduce once a year.