If you want to spend time with a capybara, and many other exotic species, the best place I know of is Workhorse Farm in Denton, Maryland. You might even be lucky and meet some baby capybaras.
There are about 30 other species of exotic, rare and domesticated animals on this 40 acre farm including, (as well as Capybaras) camels, zebras, llamas, Asian water buffalo, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, tortoises and draft horses. You may also encounter some baby animals.
You can also tour the farm in a wagon drawn by draft horses.
Many of these animals have been rescued and are looked after by owner Nick Mielke, his family and volunteers.
These are comments made by recent visitors to Workhorse Farm:
“Amazing experience. My boys loved it”
“We had the best time today. Highly recommended for adults and kids.”
“Awesome place with incredible animals. a great experience for animal lovers! the owners are super friendly and make you feel right at home!”
Spending time with a capybara is the best experience I know of; in case you didn’t already realise! Capybaras are considered one of the most gregarious species by ethologists (scientists who study animal behaviour). Capybaras who are habituated to people can be exceptionally affectionate. They love to be petted and their reaction (rolling over, looking absolutely blissful and ecstatic, with their hair rising – pilo-erection) is greater than any other animal species I know of.
I have spent at least 6 months of every year for the past 7 years in the company of capybaras: mostly the herd at Nagasaki Bio Park and with my friends’ 2 pet capybaras, Romeo and Tuff’n. I spend all day every day, studying their behaviour and learning how they go about their lives and relationships with other capybaras and humans. I never get bored in the company of capybaras!
Capybaras are very sensitive emotionally, more so than most humans. This may be, in part, because of their high olfactory intelligence (sensitivity to smell). When we are stressed or unhappy our bodies produce hormones, like the stress hormone cortisol, and capybaras can smell this. If I am upset, a capybara will sense this, whereas most humans will not, and will be extra affectionate. If my friends are sick Romeo and Tuff’n will spend all day on the bed with them. If my friends suffer an injury the capybaras seem to know which part of the body is injured and will nuzzle it. When my friends’ nephews come to spend the night Romeo will stay beside them guarding them, as if he knew children need extra protection; normally Romeo would sleep on the bed with my friends.
Visits are by appointment only. The farm is located 3 miles from Denton, Maryland.
You can contact Nick Mielke, owner of Workhouse Farm, Rescue and Exotics, at this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/workhorse.farm
Phone: +1 410-479-9750
Address: 25883 Garey Road, Denton, Maryland 21629