Where Can I Pet a Capybara in America? Why Being with Capybaras Is The Best Experience in the World

You might find these videos useful: the first video shows you how to pet a capybara. Not the way you would pet a dog!

Capybara Erogenous Zones Where Capybaras like to Be Petted

Watch What Happens When Baby Capybara Is Petted

You have never heard capybaras talk to each other like this before!

You have never heard capybaras talk to each other like this before!

If you want to spend time with a capybara, and many other exotic species, there are a growing number of zoos in America which offer this fabulous experience.

There are many small petting zoos in America where you can meet capybaras. If anyone reading this knows of such a place, please let me know. (You can leave a message at the end of this blog, or contact me on Facebook at Capybara World: https://www.facebook.com/CapybaraWorld

There are wild herds of capybara in Florida. In North Florida there are many rivers where capybaras have been found in the past. There have also been sightings in the Ocala National Forest. Unfortunately people in Florida hunt capybaras so in some locations capybaras are no longer found in Florida where they existed in the past. There have been capybaras on an island near Kissimmee. The Bacardi family had a herd of capybaras on their estate near Gainesville, some of whom escaped.

Workhorse Farm, Denton, Maryland:   25883 Garey Road, Denton, Maryland 21629


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 9 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.

Petting Donguri

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

Austin Zoo, Texas

10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, TX 78736
Phone: (512) 288-1490
Fax: (512) 288-3972


Austin Zoo offers Capybara Encounters. As of June 2021 the details are as follows:

  • Capybara Encounters are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm.
  • Reservations must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance, to ensure staff availability. Call 512.695.3021 to secure your spot.
  • The cost of your encounter is $40 per person.
  • Encounters are limited to three individuals from the same household.
  • Guests must be10 years of age or older.
  • We will provide gloves for guests to wear, please bring your mask, masks are required. Gloves and masks are required for your entire experience.
  • Please check in at our Admissions trailer 10 minutes before your scheduled encounter to review and sign a liability release.
  • A member of our Animal Care staff will be taking photographs or videos for you. We ask that one guest per group provide a smart phone. Guests will not be allowed to take photos/videos. This is for your safety!
  • You will enjoy 35 minutes with our Capybara.
  • Please do not be late! You will want to spend as much time as possible with Diego, Enrique, and Olivia!

Lewis Adventure Farm and Zoo  https://www.visitlewisfarms.com/animal-encounters

The Zookeeper Experience: accompanied by a zookeeper, meet their animals including capybaras, and learn about them.

The experience lasts 50 minutes, and costs $50 per person plus Farm Admission 

Tel: 231 861 5730

Address: 4180 west M-20,  New Era,  Michigan 49446

North Georgia Wildlife Park and North Georgia Safari Park
2912 Paradise Valley Rd Cleveland, GA 30528 (706)348-7279

You can meet and spend time with capybaras:  the capybara experience costs $54 in addition to the admission fee. It lasts for 45 minutes and includes other South American animals


Amazing Animals Inc is in St Cloud, Florida where you can meet their 2 capybaras, PJ and Penelope. Amazing Animals Inc offer private tours, by appointment only, for $40 per person. The tour lasts 1 1/2 hours.

Amazing Animals Inc is located on a 2.5 acre site, and have over 100 exotic animals. In addition to private tours, they also organise events and travel to offsite locations with their animal ambassadors.

To book a tour call: 407 – 719 – 6269 Or Brian at amazinganimalsinc.org

For more information go to their website: https://www.amazinganimalsinc.org/

You can watch them on YouTube at:  https://m.youtube.com/c/amazinganimalsinc

Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405.

The zoo offers a capybara encounter experience, described as “Meet the Animals”

For more information contact them at: Info@palmbeachzoo.org

Tel: 561 547 9453

North Carolina. Darby Acres Farm and Darby Safari are not open to the public but you can visit and book a tour by appointment only.


Monday – Friday 9 AM – 12 PM Tel: 704 – 930 – 3048

At 2 separate locations: Farm address: Hutchinson Lane. Safari address: Kelly Road.

The Darby Safari, by appointment, includes a walking tour of this safari zoo (1 hour). Introduction to exotic animals by a tour guide in an up close private setting. For an additional charge, you may choose from a list of animal encounters with your online scheduling. 

There is also a tour of the Darby Acres Farm, by appointment: 1 hour walking tour of the petting farm. Meet and pet the farm animals which include llamas, sheep etc.. Meet a majority of the farm animals.

North Carolina: It’s A Zoo Life. A Petting Zoo

4313 NC Hwy 42, Macclesfield NC 27852

Tel: (252) 266-7974


Open Tuesday through Saturday with tours at 10am and 1pm.

A trained guide will share facts about the animals’ native environments and care required.

You can meet and pet a capybara here and they describe their capybara as “so awesome”!

“The zoo has over 100 animals, including a capybara, a zebra, camel, sloth, Patagonian cavy, porcupines, lemur, kangaroos, wallaby, tortoise, alpacas, coatimundi, cockatoo, hedgehogs, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, goats, cow, sheep, peacocks, ducks, chickens, mini horses, and many more.  From the inception of Zoo Life our goal has been to offer a unique experience for our visitors, therefore our animals have been selected and conditioned with this in mind. Most of them have been with us since they were babies, started out living in our home, and we are proud of the bond we share with each of them. Larger facilities may have more species of animals or offer a drive-through safari type tour but here you will get to know each of our animals personally. The most noteworthy difference between our Zoo and others is it’s our own backyard and these are truly our pets. We interact with them daily and know their personalities in depth.”

Animal Adventure Park
85 Martin Hill Road
Harpursville, NY 1378

email: guestservices@theanimaladventurepark.com


Guests can feed and pet all the animals here, including the capybara.

Open 7 days a week 10-5pm. Last admissions 4pm