In an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, the Big Bear Zoo will close temporarily until further notice.

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Princess Bella –a female; was donated to the zoo in 2011;

They are best known for their fur used in making luxurious coats. In the 1900’s a ban was imposed on hunting and exporting of chinchillas. In some parts of the world they are still raised for their fur. Chinchillas eat bark, grasses and herbs. They do not drink much water as they get the moisture that they need from plants. They can have a lifespan in captivity of 15 to 20 years.