Chinchilla

CHINCHILLA LANIGERA

Chinchillas are found in rocky, sloping environments originating along the Andes Mountains.

Are very agile jumpers and can jump up to 5 feet above their head.

Have the highest fur density of any land animal with over 20,000 hairs per square centimeter and more than 50 hairs per follicle.

Our Current Residents

Minnie, Female - Born 2016 (estimate)

Daisy, Female - Born 2016 (estimate)

Both Minnie and Daisy are pet surrenders. They can often be seen either on the highest point of the exhibit, or down low in their log.

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Chinchillidae
  • Genus: Chinchilla
  • Species: Chinchilla lanigera

Animal Facts

  • Herbivore
  • Endangered
  • Mountains
  • Nocturnal

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