Scientific Research By Nick Failon - Class 2 - May 13 - Genus: Hydrochoerus

Reproduction

Reproduction is the ability to produce offspring sexually or asexually. To reproduce sexually would be using a sperm and egg, and reproducing asexually would be when an organism splits into multiple organism and passes on the same genetic makeup.

This is a Mother Capybara and her babies. Capybaras reproduce sexually.

Help Wanted: Reproduction

Reproduction is needed! Help wanted and accepting those that can produce sperm or eggs or can split apart to create offspring!

Birth of Capybaras in relation to hunting seasons

Current Events:

Last summer, two capybaras by the name of Bonnie and Clyde, made a break from there home in the Toronto High Park Zoo. After about six weeks of escaping the zoo, the capybaras were back in the zoo, and a few months later the female capybara became a mother and had three baby capybaras, called pups.

Uses Energy

Using energy means using ATP to function. Organisms such as humans eat food to gain glucose and other carbohydrates to complete cellular respiration and produce ATP which allows the body to function. ATP stands for Adenosine Triphosphate. Capybaras also eat food to complete cellular respiration and use energy. Basic functions such as moving and breathing are proof of energy usage.

These capybaras eat grasses in order to gain energy to survive

Help Wanted: UsIng Energy

There has been a recent decline in capybaras due to lack of food sources, lack of energy, and an inability to repopulate because of this. Capybaras that can eat food or humans that can provide food for capybara consumption would be much appreciated.

A basic chart of foods capybaras eat

Current Events:

Capybaras have been discovered to eat their own poop as an extra source of vitamins. Since not all of the nutrients are absorbed through the first cycle of digestion, the capybara makes sure to absorb all possible vitamins and nutrients through this recycling process.

Grow and Develop

To grow is to grow in size or number, and to develop is to change in shape, behavior, size, and function.

Help Wanted: Grow and develop

There has been a recent change in capybara behavior where they do not group up and become easy targets for predators. Help is wanted for anyone that would be willing to help group up these capybaras so they do not become endangered and so they can grow and develop properly.

Growth Curve between adult and juvenile capybaras

Current Events:

Recently, Capybaras have become an invasive species in Florida and their population in Southern Florida has been growing rapidly. Due to owners of pet capybaras accidentally releasing their pets into the wild, they may have established a breeding population that will most likely grow over the next few years unless actions are taken to stop them.

Adapts to Environment

To adapt is when an organism changes features so that it is more fit to survive in its environment. Natural selection is a concept first conceptualized by Charles Darwin, and it states that the fittest animals in their environment will survive.

Capybaras have webbed feet to help them swim

Help Wanted: Adaptation

Capybaras have had a recent decline in population when land-bound. Capybaras need an adaptation that will allow them to survive when on land.

A diagram of some of the capybara's features it has acquired over time

Current Events:

Capybaras have adapted to eat their poop over time in order to obtain extra nutrients and live healthier lives.

Credits:

Created with images by annalu060 - "capybara nature animal" • Harlequeen - "Capybara Pool Gazing" • wjgomes - "capybara animal lake family animals" • PublicDomainPictures - "capybara lake water animal wildlife wild zoology"

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