The San Diego Zoo does not have agoutis in our collection at present.
Agoutis may play a vital role in the survival of Brazil nut trees and the people who depend on the trees in remote areas of South America. Brazil nuts bring in millions of dollars each year. Remember, agoutis are the only animals that can open the thick husk to allow the seeds to sprout. If the agouti population declines, it could have an effect on a rain forest's health.
Currently, the Coiban agouti Dasyprocta coibae and Ruatan Island agouti Dasyprocta ruatanica are endangered, because they are being hunted for food and are losing their habitat.