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Red-Rumped Agouti

Tolypeutes matacus

NATURAL HABITAT
Red-rumped agoutis are found in tropical and dry forests of Central and South America.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Fruit, nuts, shoots and leaves
IN THE ZOO – Fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts

FASCINATING FACTS

  • 13 different species of agoutis exist
  • Only known species of agouti to be able to open the husk of a Brazil nut
  • Will sometimes bury nuts underground to dig up later
  • Communicate through grunts, squeals, screams and various postures
  • Mate for life