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capybara a large, furry rodent that has no tail. Capybara live near rivers, lakes, or other watery areas in forests or grassy regions of South America. Capybara are related to guinea pigs, mice, and squirrels, but they are much larger. Despite their size, they eat only plants.
Central Africa a large region of Africa in the central part of that continent. Central Africa is generally considered to include the countries of Chad, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Other nearby nations, such as Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Rwanda, and Burundi, are often included as part of Central Africa as well.
chinchilla a small mammal from the mountains of South America. Chinchillas are rodents closely related to guinea pigs. They have very soft fur and live in tunnels called burrows. Sometimes they are kept as pets.
Equatorial Guinea a country near the equator on the west central coast of Africa, between Gabon and Cameroon. The capital of Equatorial Guinea is Malabo.
Guinea a country in western Africa on the Atlantic coast. Conakry is the capital of Guinea.
Guinea-Bissau a country on the Atlantic coast of Africa between Guinea and Senegal. The capital of Guinea-Bissau is the city of Bissau.
guinea pig a small mammal with short legs and no tail. Guinea pigs are rodents closely related to chinchillas and porcupines. Some science laboratories use guinea pigs for research and to test new medicines. Wild guinea pigs live in South America. [1/2 definitions]
kangaroo a mammal with long pointed ears, short front legs, and big, powerful back legs. Kangaroos use their large tails for balance when hopping. Kangaroos are marsupials that live in Australia and New Guinea. The females have a pouch in their belly, where they carry their baby for a few months after it is born. Some kinds of kangaroos are as small as rabbits; other kinds are as large as grown humans.
Nauru a Pacific island country slightly south of the equator and northeast of New Guinea. The capital of Nauru is Yaren.
Niger a river of west Africa. It flows from Guinea through Mali, Niger, and Nigeria into the Atlantic Ocean. [1/2 definitions]
Niger River a long river in western Africa that begins in Guinea and flows through Mali and Niger. It then flows along the border between Niger and Benin, through Nigeria, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. It is an extremely important water source in the region.
nutria a small mammal with thick brown fur and a long thin tail. Nutrias are rodents closely related to guinea pigs and porcupines. They build burrows near wet areas such as swamps. Nutrias used to only live in South America, but they have spread to much of the United States and Europe.
Papua New Guinea a country on the eastern part of the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. Port Moresby is the capital of Papua New Guinea.
porcupine a small mammal with bristles or spines in its fur. Porcupines are rodents closely related to guinea pigs, but much larger. Some porcupines have quills with barbs that hurt any animal that attacks them. Different kinds of porcupines live in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
rodent a small mammal with long front teeth used for gnawing. Many kinds of rodents are found all over the world. Rodents include rats, mice, hamsters, porcupines, chinchillas, guinea pigs, squirrels, prairie dogs, gophers, woodchucks, and beavers.
Sao Tome and Principe an island country in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Gabon in western Africa. The capital of Sao Tome and Principe is the city of Sao Tome.
Senegal an African country on the Atlantic Ocean that lies between Mauritania and Guinea. The capital of Senegal is Dakar.
Sierra Leone an African country on the Atlantic Ocean between the countries of Guinea and Liberia. The capital of Sierra Leone is Freetown.
Solomon Islands an island country in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. It lies to the east of New Guinea. The capital of Solomon Islands is Honiara.