Chinchilla - Chinchilla lanigera
Barren, rocky, mountainous area
Northern Chile, Andes Mountains
They are typically a blue gray or soft light brown. They are incredibly soft with a thick fur coat that protects them from parasites and predators. Each follicle of hair in the coat has up to 60 fibers.
Weight range is 1 to 1.5 lbs. Can grow up to 10” long
in the wild live in colonies of up to 100
15-20 in captivity, 8-10yrs in the wild
Their diet in the wild is roots, grasses, grains, bark, fruits, bulbs, leaves, seeds, nuts and stalks. Their diet in the zoo is chinchilla chow.
Females give birth to a litter of one to four young. Newborns have hair, teeth, and open eyes at birth. Newborns can eat plants at birth, but also drink their mother's milk for about 6 weeks.
They are noted in Appendix I of CITES as being vulnerable and the IUCN lists chinchillas as "critically endangered" There are only a few thousand left.
- Predators include cougars, mountain lions and especially humans.
- Defense is to run away or bite when cornered.
- Over 100 chinchilla pelts are needed for one fur coat.
- A chinchilla can jump 6 ft, straight into the air.
- Adult (13 and over)$10.50
- Child (2 - 12)$7.50
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$9.50
- Active Military$9.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30