The capybara is not currently classified as an endangered species. It was in trouble not too long ago, though, due to hunting. Local people have used these animals as a food source for centuries and have even been seen wearing capybara teeth as ornaments. Now, capybaras are being farmed for their meat as part of a mammal management plan in Venezuela and Colombia. This helps to protect the capybaras left in the wild and their wild habitat, which, in turn, helps all of the plants and animals that call that habitat home.
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