NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK SERIES: CHINCHI CHINCHILLA PLUSH
If there is one thing renowned photographer Joel Sartore is certain of, it's this: "You protect what you love".
Spearheaded by Satore, Photo Ark is a National Geographic-sponsored wildlife conservation project that creates a 'visual ark' of all animal species that are in human care; and has since photographed over 9,000 different animal species against a black or white background, underlining the beauty, uniqueness and fragility of the animal species and how important the protection of animals is for the preservation of our planet.
Standing at 18cm, Chinchi the Chinchilla finds natural habitat in 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 centreline work together to form his adorable little face. His little pink paws stick out from under his cream-coloured belly. His white whiskers just make children want to pet and pat him that much more.
• Handcrafted in Tunisia from cuddly soft plush | 80% Acrylic, 20% Polyester
• Complies with European EN71 Standards, the strictest toy safety directive in the world
• Features the iconic 'Button-in-Ear' tag, a worldwide renowned trademark unique to all Steiff plushies
• Sewn with safety-eyes, a two-part mechanism that prevents the eyes from falling off easily over time
• Machine washable at 30° C
Together with National Geographic, Steiff supports the protection of biodiversity through its Photo Ark Animal Plush Series. The world is changing. A new record was reached with around 26,500 endangered animal and plant species. The aim of these new range is to draw attention to these endangered species. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these Steiff animal plushies will be donated directly to National Geographic, which in turn supports the National Geographic Photo Ark and other global scientific projects. More information is available here.