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New capybara meet and greet experience launches at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

two cute capybaras eating veggie
You can reserve a time to feed capybaras at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is hosting three 8-week-old capybaras in its new Capybara Chillout event, in partnership with Amazing Animals, Inc. The event runs through July 7, allowing visitors to welcome these adorable newcomers to their habitat daily from 11pm to 5pm.

Originally hailing from Central and South America, capybaras thrive in marshy areas where they swim and consume ample vegetation. These highly social mammals face threats from human activities, including deforestation, habitat destruction, and illegal poaching. The presence of capybaras at CMA will provide guests with a unique opportunity to interact with and learn about these fascinating animals, aligning with the aquarium’s educational outreach and conservation initiatives.

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a group of people interact with a small baby capybara
Photo via Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Reserve a time to feed capybaras at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Capybara Chillout event offers visitors a fresh and exciting attraction, enhancing their overall experience at CMA. Throughout the day, guests can observe and engage with the capybaras as they explore their habitat, fostering a deeper connection with these gentle creatures. Access to the Capybara Chillout event is included with regular admission to CMA.

In addition to general viewing, CMA offers small group sessions with the capybaras. These hands-on encounters, available at 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 4pm daily, allow up to 12 participants to interact with the capybaras under staff supervision for an additional fee of $59.95 per person. Reservations are recommended due to limited availability. These sessions promise an entertaining and memorable experience for guests.

For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit the aquarium’s website.

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