Cheerio arrived at Earthplace in 2015. She was surrendered by her owner. Cheerio’s favorite thing to do is to take dust baths.

General Facts

  • Lifespan: the wild 8-10 yrs, Captivity 12-20 yrs
  • Herbivores
  • Crepuscular, which means active during dawn and dusk hours
  • From South America
  • Live in the mountains
  • Have the densest and softest fur of any land animal
  • Rodents which means their teeth grow continuously
  • Predators are snakes and birds of prey
  • Parasitic bugs cannot get to chinchillas because their fur is so dense
  • Grey fur allows them to blend into the rocks