Scientific Name: Chinchilla lanigera

Found In: barren, arid areas in Western South America including the Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina

Size: 12 – 21 inches long, weigh up to 1 – 2 pounds

Diet: Herbivore: seeds, leaves, roots and fruit

Threat Level: Endangered. Threats include hunting and trapping to use their fur for clothing

Facts: Chinchillas can live up to 20 years under human care.

Chinchilla at the Virginia Zoo