These rodents feed on fallen nuts and fruits; their powerful front teeth enable them to chew through the hard casing of even Brazil nuts. They play an imprtanat role in spreading plants around the jungle as any uneaten seeds are buried and those they don’t return to eat are able to grow into new trees.
Azara’s agoutis are found in the forests and scrubland of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Little is known about them in the wild but it is believed their numbers are falling due to hunting. The best time to see our agoutis is at midday when they have their main feed.