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I received the following email from Deborah Cox, who has worked as a Volunteer in Chile Deborah: 'I worked there earlier in the year (2008), and am in constanct contact with Amy Deane who runs the project. Our little guys are now listed as Critically Endangered, according to the IUCN website and I know that whilst funding is useful, volunteers are key to getting vegetation planted to stop chinchillas becoming extinct in the wild. Anyone who is vsiting Chile is welcome to stay a couple of days, months, or longer. Facilities are basic, but there is no charge to volunteer, other than costs of food approx £20 per month. The location is amazing! According to the IUCN, there are around 42 colonies left in the wild and their numbers are decreasing, they are only found in the Illapel region of Chile. It is a fantastic experience, worthwhile and much can be learnt about chinchillas and their habits etc. If you have any further questions, I am happy to answer them, as is Amy in Chile.'
Pictures taken and comments made by Deborah
Basic, but neighbours are cool !
I didn't see them in the flesh... Proof that even wild chinniesl eave a trail !
Ruins of an old Chincha Indian home
An area for planting, goat trails snake their way through
Seedlings protected from livestock. Fencing will be removed once plants have established themselves

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