In the wild it's the femal that dominates, and she has a teritory (spelled). Not the male...
And they are not al that social. They live in colonies, where they can get away from each other if they want to. They do not live in pairs or groups in the wild.
The domesticated chinchilla do seem to perfer to live in pairs though
Yep, very true. Females STILL dominate in captivity! LOL, those gals are something else.
They used to travel in herds of hundreds, now they're seen in much smaller groups, from the recent literature I've read. Some good research on the wild chinchilla is here
It's amazing how complex and social they are! It always felt like our chin was the third person in our home
It's unbelievable how smart they are if you really take the time to get to know them, I've heard some wild stories and seen some pretty crazy stuff myself. Like the way they'll mime for you to show you what they want, like if their water bottle spout is stuck (can happen with Edstrom Water Buddy as well as ball bearing spout end), and how easily they pick up phrases. Our chins bark for channel change on the TV
if something's really boring or if they've watched enough cartoons and want something different, like Turner Classic Movies. And the way they'll run around during playtime and then pose and look at you, so much like little kids!
a jird ( kinda like a big girbil)
A Jird! Wow, that's a new one on me, I'll have to look that up, cool!