Long-tailed chinchilla

Long-tailed chinchilla

Latin name: Chinchilla lanigera

A Skilled Climber!

  • Its main characteristics are a silky hair, big round eyes, long 11 cm vibrissae and a curved bristly tail. 
  • These are up to 60 hairs from a single hair follicle; it is this density that makes its fur so soft. In case of an attack, its hairs detach easily between the predator's claws allowing it to escape quickly.  
  • It can leap 50 cm high or sideways. It can climb nine meters up rock faces with such speed that it is difficult to visually follow it. 
  • In order to take a bath, it rolls around in sand or rocky soil. Without this regular maintenance, its pelt would become greasy, sticky and matted.
  • Because of the destruction of its habitat and abusive hunting for its fur, the scientific community believes that the wild chinchilla population is too small to be viable.
  • Distribution

    Chili

  • Habitat

    Mountains

  • Diet

    Herbivore

  • Status

    Critically endangered

  • Zoo Zone

    Not visible