The Violet Chinchilla (Chinchilla Chinchilla) is just one of many beautiful chinchilla coat colors. The violet coat coloration on a chinchilla can range from gray to purple. They are similar to a ground squirrel but a lot bigger. They have the densest fur of any other animal on land. The chinchilla is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who once wore velvet-like fur.
Chinchillas live in colonies called herds at the height of 14,000 ft. in Chile. Sadly chinchillas are on the endangered list by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Their severe population decline is caused by people who hunt them for their fur. Chinchilla hunting is a big-money business due to the value their fur trade has.