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.



*Chinchillas are education animal ambassadors, their habitat is not viewable to public as they require privacy when not on program.


312 E Finnup Drive

Garden City, KS 67846

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