Beginners Guide to Black Chinchilla
One of the most favorite species for avid chinchilla owners is the beautiful black chinchilla. As the name applies, these chinchillas are jet-black with black ears and even dark, beautiful eyes! These black chinchillas, also called black velvet chinchillas, are seen as some of the most popular chinchilla breeds and ‘chilla’ enthusiasts.
The chinchillas originated from the rocky and arid regions of the Andes of Chile, where they derive their name ‘chinchillas’ from. The chinchilla family prefers to live at heights between 700 to 1100 m and is found in communities within the borough’s rocky crevices of the Chilean Andes.
When in the wild, chinchillas are actively searching for food in the early morning and evening hours and can be seen feeding on fruits, herbs, seeds, moss, and wild grains.
The black chinchilla was discovered sometime before the 16th century when the Spanish explorers first reached the shores of South America. Seeing value in the warming qualities that the local indigenous population had made from chinchilla furs, the Europeans started trapping the beautiful animal and bringing them back to Madrid to be used as coats.
As the pelts of the black chinchillas became very popular, the trapping of these animals almost led to extinction. This tragedy occurred so quickly because it took over 100 pelts to produce one medium-sized chinchilla coat. With numbers and odds like that, it was no complex formula to see that the Chinchilla population could be brought to the brink in such a short time.
Many adventurers attempted to domesticate wild chinchillas, and most ended in miserable failure. There were so many different factors involving the survivability of the small and mountain-loving dwellers. Removing the indigenous and local areas, which they considered home and only knew as home, met with disaster.
One such mission was made by the American mining engineer, Mathias Chapman, with better results.
Not only did Chapman succeed in bringing down a few of the black chinchillas from the Chilean Andes mountain region, but they also transported them successfully to California.
Once safely in the friendly confines of sunny California, the first chinchilla farm was constructed. The chinchilla population has made a recent come back with the almost global ban on chinchilla trapping. This has seen a rapid rise in the people and popularity of these beautiful little furry creatures.
Black Velvet chinchillas are some of the most rewarding for the owners to possess and adore all the chinchilla family species. This could be from the striking beauty these all-black chinchillas have or just that the owners love chinchillas so much!
When caring for a black chinchilla, it is essential that a container is purchased and hay placed down as a bedding material. The diet of a black chinchilla is varied and includes raisins, dates, nuts of any variety, and of course, chinchilla pellets.