Please note: Due to our annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. General admission tickets will be sold through 3:30 p.m.


Red-Rumped Agouti

Dasyprocta leporina

About the Red-Rumped Agouti


Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dasyproctidae
Genus: Dasyprocta
Species: leporina

Red-rumped agoutis can weigh up to 9 pounds. They have a life expectancy of more than 10 years in the wild and a diet of seeds and fruits. Agoutis bury their food while foraging. Because of this, agoutis are important seed dispersers for many trees, including Brazil nuts.