SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chinchilla lanigera
HABITAT: A wide variety of habitat from forest, to mountain, semi-deserts, and brush lands of most of North America from Southern Canada through Central Mexico.
CONSERVATION STATUS: Domestic: Least Concern
Wild: Critically Endangered
FUN FACT: Living in the cold temps of high elevations, chinchillas avoid wet baths (licking or otherwise). Instead, they roll in silica sand (AKA chinchilla dust), a grey baby powder-like substance. It absorbs oils on the fur, and loosens dirt, thereby cleaning the coat without causing the chinchilla to become wet. Clean fur insulates better than dirty.
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*Chinchillas are education animal ambassadors, their habitat is not viewable to public as they require privacy when not on program.