Azara's agouti

These cute looking creatures are a species of rodent found only in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.

They get their name from the Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara.

Agouti are very active during the day. In spite of this though, they are incredibly hard to document as they are naturally very shy creatures in the wild and will run and hide at the slightest hint of danger.

Azara’s agouti like to live in tree hollows and burrows under ground, like rabbits. They have very sharp teeth. When they eat they actually sit back on their hind legs and hold the food between their front paws, like a squirrel.


They’re listed as data deficient (not enough information collected on the species) on the IUCN Red List. However, it’s thought they may be threatened. Until more data can be collected the data deficient classification will remain.  They are however, part of a European managed breeding programme.

Azara’s agouti questions and answers

What do agoutis eat?
Seeds, nuts, fruit.

Do agoutis make any noise?
They can do yes, it’s a cute little barking sound. They do this when scared.

How big do they grow?
Up to 50cm (20 inches) in length and can weigh between 2-3kg.

How long do Azara’s agouti live for?
They can live up to 20 years.

Lone sloth
Banner Background Image

Adopt an animal

The perfect gift for animal lovers! Always wanted your own sloth well now you can sponsor one for 12 months

Find out more
Penguin couple
Banner Background Image


Check in on our animals before you visit on our live webcams. P-p-p-perfect animal viewing fun!

Watch live
Banner Background Image

Breeding Programmes

We love baby animals, and you love coming to see them. But for us it's about more than just the ahh factor

Learn more
Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.