Species IUCN Status
The Mexican agouti is native to Mexico and originally found in the region from central Veracruz to eastern Oaxaca. While its relative the Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), is still fairly common in Central America, the Mexican agouti is a critically endangered species due to hunting and to habitat loss caused by agressive agricultural and urban development. Similar to a rabbit but with small hooves, it is an important prey species for many larger carnivores, and is frequently eaten by humans as well. Its diminishing numbers are believed to be having a negative impact on several larger carnivores including wild cats such as the margay and ocelot.