Scientific Name: Chinchilla lanigera

Habitat: Chinchillas live in communal burrows in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. They live above the tree line at altitudes of 8,000 to 12,000 feet.

Diet: Chinchillas are herbivores and eat available grasses, leaves and shrubs.   

Size: 0.3 to 0.6 feet high / 0.7 to 1.2 feet long

Weight: 1.8 to 2.4 pounds

Lifespan: 8 to 10 years in the wild. Up to 22 years in human care.

Conservation Status:


Our Chinchillas:

Ande – Born about January 1, 2014
Sonny – Born May 6, 2019
Kenickie – Born May 6, 2019
Zuko – Born May 6, 2019
Clementine – Born 2011
Dante – Born February 18, 2004

Did You Know?!

  • Chinchilla fur contains 80,000 hairs per square inch, 2nd only to seals. They keep their fur clean and soft by taking dust baths.
  • Wild chinchillas have been faced with extinction due to over-hunting for their fur. It takes about 300 – 500 Chinchillas to make one fur coat.
  • Chinchilla feet are well adapted to life in the mountains. Instead of claws, they have specialized pads which help them to move swiftly from rock to rock. They can also jump 5 feet straight up in the air!