Chinchillas are nocturnal members of the rodent family. They are very sociable and active and a six-foot leap is easy for chinchillas. A regular dust bath keeps their thick fur in good condition. The young are born fully developed after a long gestation period of 111 days. In the wild they eat dry desert grass. They are prone to diabetes and cannot eat fruit high in sugar.
Lifespan: 15 – 20 years in captivity
Chinchilla fur is extremely soft; each hair follicle can sprout up to 60 hairs. As a Defence mechanism chinchilla’s can shed their fur to escape a predator.
The best time to visit our sleepy chinchillas is in the late afternoon when they start to become more active.