Chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera) is native to cool Andes Mountains of South America, the chinchilla is well known for its thick, soft fir well suited to this environment.

With gentle taming chinchillas can become friendly and playful pets and while singly is best, can be kept in same sex pairs. Standard grey is the most common color but other colors such as beige, ebony, violet, sapphire, and white are also available. Average lifespan for the chinchilla can range 15 to18 years.