New Zealand

Capybara- Related to the guinea pig and found throughout South America (except Chili), the capybara is the world’s largest rodent, weighing up to 150 pounds. They are semi aquatic preferring Savannah and dense forests near water. Their skin is highly valued for leather and is farmed for such. They live in hierarchical groups of 10 to 20 in the wild and are prolific breeder.  Their front and side teeth grow throughout their lifetimes. Chamois- One of 11 subspecies of chamois, these were introduced from the Alpine stocks in Europe in the late 1800’s into the high mountains of the southern Alps of New Zealand. They possess incredible endurance and balance, being able to scale seemingly impossible vertical country. South Pacific Thar- Introduced into New Zealand from their native Himalayan range, these animals are suited for the high treeless alpine areas of New Zealand. Their heavy coat is ideal to protect them from the severe mountain storms. These animals are unique in that they can raise the fur around their necks in a halo formation surrounding their heads. Bulls do this to assert themselves with other herd members as an indication of domination. Wallaby- Native to Australia, this marsupial is a small relative of the kangaroo. They have been introduced into several areas including New Zealand.
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