South America's Unusual Animals in Stunning Close-ups

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Argentine Native Animals The Carpincho Photo
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Canadian photographer Daniel Fox traveled extensively through Argentina to capture the beauty of nature and animals for The Wild Image Project (which we featured in a slideshow last year).

Recently, the artist and his partner Jasmine Rossi embarked on a new venture: The Mate Expedition, a trip through the Argentine mesopotamia to discover what makes the South American drink mate such a core component of the culture of the country, and to observe the exuberant local fauna and flora.

The result is a set of whole new photographs, this time including pretty unusual animals native of the Central and South American regions, some of them in danger of extinction.

The Carpincho

First up is an intimate look at the Capybara, locally known as carpincho, which is the largest living rodent in the world.

Photo credit: Rossi Fox Production.