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Brazilian Agouti

(engl: Orange-rumped Agouti)

What is an Orange-rumped Agouti?

Orange-rumped Agoutis are larger relatives of the well-known Guinea Pigs and inhabit the rainforests of northeastern South America. Because of their tasty flesh, they are often hunted by humans. Agoutis are diurnal, but also become nocturnal when they are being hunted.

Gardeners of the rainforest

When foraging for food, agoutis roam the undergrowth. They dig holes to store their food for emergencies.The fruits and seeds stored in these underground pantries contribute significantly to the distribution of many primeval tree species.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Goldaguti
Verbreitungsgebiet: Goldaguti
Scientific Surname Dasyprocta leporina
Order Rodents
Family Agoutis
Size head till tunk till 60 cm
Weight till 4 kg
Reproduction gestation period 115 days, 1-3 subadult
Distribution northeastern South America
Habitat forest ground
Food Leaves, Fruits, Seeds
Livestock not endangered