So who is Chi-Chi the Chinchilla? What is a Chinchilla, anyway?

Chinchillas are adorable animals that come from the Andes Mountains. They are slightly larger and more robust than ground squirresls. They usually live in colonies called "herds" at high altitudes up to 4,270 metres (14,000 ft). Historically, chinchillas lived in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile, but today colonies in the wild remain only in Peru and Chile.

The chinchilla (whose name literally means "little chincha") is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who once wore its dense, velvet-like fur. By the end of the 19th century, chinchillas had become quite rare due to hunting for their ultra-soft fur. Most chinchillas currently used by the fur industry for clothing and other accessories are farm-raised.

Chinchillas are currently listed as a critically endangered species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to a severe population loss approximated at a 90% global population loss over the last 15 years.

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About Chi-Chi the Chinchilla

Chi-Chi the chinchilla was adopted by Ekaterina Gaidouk (the author) in 2010. He is round, furry, and always up for an adventure. From the getko anyone who met Chi-Chi fell in love with the adorable pet -thus inspiring the story. His playful personality and his quizitive nature only made him more lovable.

His favorite snack is raisins and he loves music!  He is great at comforting people and making them smile :)

Chi-Chi is great at making new friends...even those who are bigger than him!

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Check out the Dance Chi-Chi did when we hit 1,500 dance to come soon!