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Wild Venezuela The Capybara

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  • Producers: Ferraro Nature Films
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: TravelVideoStore.com
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003JMFBNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Although neotropical fauna is characterized by an astounding wealth of species, it contains very few large mammals. But, the evolutionaty adaptation has led to gigantic rodents, including the largest in the world, the Capybara which may weigh 130 pounds. This DVD of Wild Venezuela summarizes over 10 years of research of the natural history of the Capybara and includes previously unpublished images of the biology and behavious of this South American colossus. The first and most comprehensive audiovisual documentary produced on the Capybara in Venezuela.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love them capybaras! October 8, 2011
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The images were really nice but I had some problems with the dialogue.

Monkeys probably came from Africa and not from North America as the video says.
Rabbits are not rodents although the video tends to indicate that they are.
This is a common misconception that I wish they wouldn't propagate
Cavys did not come from North America but rather from Africa and are
related to African porcupines.
Giant rodents are not restricted to South America. The North American beaver
is the 2nd largest rodent followed by African porcupines.
Correct spelling of the scientific name for capybars is Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris.
Capybara fur does not grow darker with age, actually it gets longer and lighter
in color.
Their eyes and nasal orifices are not "protruding!" And as an adaptation to aquatic
life, one has to consider that closely related non-aquatic species such as guinea
pigs have similar placement.

I enjoyed watching the capybaras enjoying their wild habitat. There are a few scenes that might need adult consideration before showing to children. Specifically, there are several examples of capybara matings and one scene where a hawk is eating the eye out of a dead capybara.

Most of the video was shot in the Apure state in central Venezuela and a lot seems to have been taken at Hato El Frio, where I saw wild capybara in 2007. The video is from 2002, which is a long, long time ago. Sadly, the state of wild capybaras in Venezuela has probably deteriorated since then since the Venezuelan government seized control of the ecologically-minded ranches.

I recommend this video on the basis of its beautiful capybara images and the fact that it doesn't have any competition.
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