Chinchillas are small, soft rodents with bushy tails, large ears and long whiskers. With more hairs per follicle than any other mammal, chinchillas have a super soft coat that keeps them warm in the Andes mountains. Their red blood cells are able to carry more oxygen than other rodents, which is another adaptation to living in high altitudes.
Chinchillas are highly social animals that often live in groups of up to 100 animals. They are swift runners, climbers and jumpers, which helps them navigate a mountainous terrain and escape from predators.
Where to see them:
Up to 1.2 ft
Up to 2.2 lbs
15 to 20 yrs
Rocky crevices and caverns
Bark, grasses, flowers
Species @ Risk (IUCN-Critically Endangered)