Chinchilla laniger


Family: Chinchillidae

Active in twilight and during nights. Diet consists mostly of plants around its range. Skilled climber and jumper. Pregnancy lasts around 111 days and can have up to two litters in a year. Kits can see and are able to move immediately after birth. Kits will suckle around 6-8 weeks. Lives up to 10 years in wild and in captivity can reach up to 20 years of age. Chinchilla fur was already appreciated by the Incas. Poaching and illegal captivation has caused this species to disappear from its original habitat.

Tšintšilja (Villakhiir). Foto: Hendrik Saarnak

Foto: Hendrik Saarnak


  • Ticket office
  • Indoor expositions *
  • Children’s Zoo

Indoor exhibitions are closed on Mondays. The zoo's territory is open for walking until 8 PM.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

Zoo map


E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

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