Chinchilla lanigera

Mammal | Mountains of Northern Chile

Animal Info

Their fur is soft and extremely dense with up to 60 hairs in one follicle. They are sexually dimorphic meaning the males and females look different. Females also weigh more than males.


In the wild: Grass and seed

At the Zoo: Chopped alfalfa, and Mazuri chinchilla pellet


Semi-arid, mountainous areas, rocky crevices and burrows

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – critically endangered