Cavy Crew

Learn About Cavy Crew

  • Classification: Mammal
  • Species: Patagonian cavy (Dolichotis patagonum)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 14 years
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 10 years
  • Length: 2-3 feet
  • Weight: 12-15 pounds
  • Range in the Wild: Central and Southern Argentina
  • Habitat in the Wild: grasslands, shrublands, temperate and arid deserts
  • Diet: Vegetarian
    • Diet in the Wild: grasses, cacti, vegetation

We currently have five cavies who are not used as part of our education team. They all come from a variety of private homes or facilities which could not continue to care for them. Whereas Inti and Buckthorn are highly social, the cavy crew display much more typical behavior; they are skittish and avoidant of people. Zara (named after a flower), is Inti’s sister. The rest of the crew are named Sprout, Poppy, Daisy, and Clover.