This is Chinchi, an 7 inch tall chinchilla from Steiff’s National Geographic series. The natural habitat of this cute little rodent is the Andean state Chile in South America, where it lives in mountainous regions. Due to its extremely soft fur, this animal is hunted extensively in the wild and is at risk of extinction. The risk is made even worse by the fact that the animal is captured and kept as a pet. Chinchillas are exported and sold around the world to owners who keep them in cages. Inspired by the beauty of his real-world counterpart, Chinchi is made from incredibly soft plush fabric in grey/white. The brown facial features with beautiful grey shading as well as pinkish inner ears and nose work together to form his adorable little face. His little pink paws stick out from under his cream-colored belly. Your purchase today helps support scientists, explorers and researchers from the National Geographic Society so they can continue to protect animals like Chinchi who are facing extinction.