The past can give us a trail. To little of stepping these latitude, the Spanish advinieron that the Gold and the silver were pure story. But they delayed still less in To discover a vein compensatorio: the bicherío native. The chinchillas Andean they were among the species more Exploited. So much that for beginnings of century they were found To steps of the extinction.

Went then when Maifas Chapman -engineer of the Anaconda Mining Copper Co. carried eleven chinchillas lanígeras of Chile to the United States. This plantel inaugurated was it Of it it raises in captivity. Subsequent you cross with chinchilla Brevicaudata. (The preferred of the nobility incaica) and other manipulate you genéticos, they produced an animal one prolífico as the rabbit and valuable As the visón. And already nobody agreed of the chinchillas Wild.

Replegadas in the rocky solitudes of the region altoandina, they live today Their second opportunity upon the Ground. Not there are too many data that permit to know how is going it; but now, al less, not they have to fight with The hostigamiento human.


Chinchilla Andean Chinchillón of The Saw


The first trials chinchilleros in Argentina, as of The decade of 1960, not they were happy. Lacked the sufficient experience to guarantee quality and finally only they remained standing those establishments that were able Assuring it. They are the ones that achieved to position to Argentina as fourth world producer, with fifteen thousand skins Annual, something as well as the four percent of the total.

Today The activity has lost the risk of the sixties. Its success is bases on three premises: does not require an investment intial high (some three thousand dollars suffice to mount a nursery), is carried out in spaces reduced (to a central department is good) and the control alimentario and Sanitary is not complicated.  

The it raises in captivity, in this case, was a business to two Tips: for the producer and for the nature. Clear that, thus and all, each which it can consider for itself good Or bad to acquire a covered. Will be strictly that: a individual decision, very seemed to that of choosing among a Carnivorous diet or a vegetariana. What it imports to underline is that the economic value, far from being a curse, It can represent a pasaporte al future for the species. As the sailors that they minted the said many they will be saved Of the naufragio by a hair.

- Diet

The diet is of very under cost and is constituted mainly for 30/ 30 grs. daily of food Balanced special for chinchillas. Besides it should be provided Of abundant alfalfa and fresh water.

- Gestation

It sexual maturity I am reached or the six months in the females and To the nine in the mochos. The female has its period of Zeal each 28 days with a gestation of 111 days. The Partos they are quick and generally without complications. The gazapos they are born totally developed, covered with hair, open eyes and correteando or the few minutes by it Cage. The females can remain again preñados inside Of the 48 hs. Subsequent al I leave (crosses post-leave).

- Reproduction

Is an animal of long life reproductiva (from the six months to the twelve years), the females have like average two parts Al year with two gazapos in each one. I leave that the average Of you raise in the year is among the 3 and the 3 1/2.

- Environment

Not is a very exacting animal, with good ventilation in a dry place, where can be controlled the temperature (among 0° and 30 ° C0), that can be a piece, galpón or garage adapted, will provide it the optimum conditions so that our Chinchillas they develop in an entorno Happy.

If since small children caresses themselves them and raises, they become accustomed themselves and never they bite, but if leaves you be used to them in its cage and not itself it removes them in arms by a great deal of time, they can bite...and Strong!


Chinchillón Patagonian Chinchillón of the Northwest Argentine


Couple of Chinchillas in captivity.

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