I recently visited Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury, to photograph the Capybara for my Little and Large series of paintings ( Guinea Pig and Capybara). they have two lovely ‘herds’ of these huge rodents, who, as it was hot and midday, spent most of their time laying and rolling around.

A nonchalant Capybara

I love their haughty, nonchalant expressions.

Howletts is impeccably tidy and well-kept, and the emphasis is on the well-being of the animals – which can mean that sometimes they can be hard to find in their well-planted and animal-friendly enclosures – especially on hot days!

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