Capybaras at York’s Wild Kingdom in Maine

Capy naps at York's Wild Kingdom

Capy naps at York's Wild Kingdom

My good friend and FaceBook follower Lauren Thompson recently visited York’s Wild Kingdom in York, Maine. She got some great photos of my relatives and agreed to share them here with my readers. If you’re in the York area, this zoo / amusement park looks like it has a very nice capybara set up. Drop in and visit. Let them know that Caplin Rous and Lauren Thompson sent you! Maybe they’ll give you a discount .(Disclaimer: I have no reason to believe they will.)

One of the great things about the park is this large sign advertising the large size of the world’s largest rodent! I am certainly not as big as the capybara on that sign, but my cousin Little might be!


Lauren Thompson with "Largest Rodent" sign.

For some reason Lauren thought it was funny that this capybara was sitting in his food bowl.

Capybara in food bowl at York's Wild Kingdom

Capybara in food bowl at York's Wild Kingdom

I don’t get what’s so funny. He looks very comfortable. Don’t humans do that?

Young capybara at York's Wild Kingdom

Young capybara at York's Wild Kingdom

This young capybara looks healthy and happy.

The only thing missing from Lauren’s photos is a nice big pond or pool for the capybaras to swim in. I’m afraid they might not have one and they really should. Capybaras are at our cutest and most active when we are in the water. Seeing us lounge about on land is nice but it doesn’t give you a good sense of the dynamic creatures we can be.

3 comments to Capybaras at York’s Wild Kingdom in Maine

  • Paige

    Hello. I am an animal care taker at york’s wild kingdom, and you will be happy to hear that our Cappy exhibit actually has a very LARGE and deep pond in it. The capybara dive right in and love to splash around. Thanks for your interest in animals.
    Your Friend,

  • Merryl

    I heard a llama died at the zoo recently. The zoo took a long time to get this animal treatment. I find that disgusting!! If you are supposed to be caretakers of these animals,than you should always make sure that any sick or injured animal gets immediate treatment. There is NO excuse for anything less!!

  • Bartley Cardon

    My wife and I have been long-term maintainers (breeders and owners) of guinea pigs. We have seen the capys in Boston (with 4 babies) and the extensive colony of capys at the Berlin (GE) zoo. It would be our desire, if possible, to be able to visit your kingdom with the intent that we might “pet” a capy. Since the 1940s I have worked with hamsters, mice, rats, and guinea pigs, including a brief time with a kangroo rat, so we are very much rodentphiles. Your response to the above request would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you, Bartley

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