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Chinchilla

(Chinchilla lanigera)

 

Category: Mammals

 

 

The long-tailed or Chilean chinchilla are popular as pets and in the fur trade, but their wild counterparts are critically endangered due to illegal hunting and habitat destruction. They are native to the barren, arid, and rugged areas of the mountain chains connecting the coastal mountain ranges and the Andes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-tailed_chinchilla

http://eol.org/pages/326926/details

http://www.petsource.org/small-animal-species/5438-chinchilla.html

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Rodentia
Family - Chinchillidae
Genus - Chinchilla
Species - Chinchilla lanigera, Chinchilla chinchilla

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

The age-defying Brandt’s bat

In most mammals, larger size correlates with longer lifespan, but that is not the case with the Brandt’s bat, who can live up to 41 years and weigh less than 0.28 ounces! These bats resemble larger, longer-lived mammals in that they mature slowly and have fewer offspring – but the size difference is dramatic: a female Bonobo lives for approximately 40 years as well, but she outweighs the Brandt’s bat by a factor of 3,771! Oddly enough, it is suspected that the mutated gene that causes the bat’s dwarfish size is the same one that leads to its long lifespan. Studying animals with unusual longevity like the Brandt’s bat does more than just satisfy our curiosity, it could lead to longer, healthier lifespans for humans and other animals!

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