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Chinchilla

The Chinchilla is a rodent. Chinchillas live in relatively barren regions; they live holes and crevices among rocks, and emerge at dusk to forage on vegetation.

Its fur is superb at keeping the animal warm in sub- zero temperature, and is prized by humans for the same reason; Chinchillas have been hunted for their fur to near extinction. Chinchilla baths in sand rather than water because of their dense fur if they get wet they do not dry out which could be fatal in the harsh weather conditions leads to pneumonia!

DID YOU KNOW? For each 2 hair follicles that a human has, Chinchillas have 60!

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Seeds and grass, they also eat a variety of other vegetation, insects and bird eggs.
Chinchillidae
10 years wild
20 years captivity
Critically Endangered
West and South America, Mountainous terrain in the Andes.
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