On your next visit to the Zoo’s
education building, look for two furry mammals — short-tailed chinchillas. The
short-tailed chinchilla is about 15 to 17 inches in length, including the tail.
The female is typically larger than the male. This chinchilla has soft, thick
fur with about 60 fine hairs growing from each follicle. The coat varies from pearl
to light gray. The tail itself is about 5 to 6 inches long and is covered in
coarse hair. The chinchilla’s thick fur helps to protect the animal...