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Habitat/Range: Chinchillas are native to the Andes Mountain Range in South America. They thrive at altitudes of 14,000 feet and higher.
Behavior: Chinchillas are social animals and live in colonies (or herds) of anywhere from 14 to 100 individuals.
Breeding: Chinchillas do not have a set breeding season and can breed at any time of year. They have a gestation period of 111 days, longer than most rodents, and give birth to litters of around 2 individuals. Kits are born fully covered in fur and with eyes open.
Conservation: Listing: Endangered. Historically, Chinchillas were found throughout several countries along the Andes’ range; now, they are only found in Chile. They were previously hunted for their soft furs which led to their classification as an endangered species. Now, they are a protected species.