Chinchilla

Chinchilla lanigera

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.

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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.

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Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Education Programs
lengthLength: Up to 1.2 ft
weightWeight: Up to 2.2 lbs
lifespanLifespan: 15 to 20 yrs
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore
habitatHabitat: Rocky crevices and caverns
dietDiet: Bark, grasses, flowers
exclamationRisk Status: Species @ Risk (IUCN-Critically Endangered)