WELCOME to the Empress Chinchilla web site! Empress Chinchilla has always stood for the finest in chinchilla and chinchilla products and that tradition continues strong today! We hope you will take a few moments to read about our rich heritage, where we have been and where we are today!

In the 1890’s and early 1900’s, chinchilla was prized for its luxurious fur, the likes of which had never been seen before. Royalty, in Europe and around the globe clamored for Chinchilla garments and capes. Consequently chinchillas, which are native to the Andes Mountains region of South America were nearly hunted to extinction. An American engineer, Mathias Chapman, working in South America paid native Indians to bring him live chinchillas. His dream was to bring them back to America and farm raise this animal for its prized fur. In 1923 he set sail with 11 animals and set up a farm in the general area of Los Angeles, CA. This was the beginning of chinchilla farming. By the 1940’s this idea was well on it’s way to a thriving business and it was realized that chinchilla ranchers needed a
way to market their chinchilla pelts.

Empress Chinchilla was established in 1945 as an organization to help educate the new chinchilla ranchers that were springing up by the hundreds, to provide a reputable grading system for the animals and market pelts. In the last 67 years we have come a long way, we have evolved with the needs of the chinchilla producer and we know a lot about chinchilla!

Through the years we have evolved into less of a pelt marketer and more of an educator. Although Empress Label chinchilla pelts are still highly sought after world-wide! We have the finest show system with the toughest competitors. Empress members are proud of our rich tradition and our superior quality animals.

Just as chinchilla ranching has evolved from those early beginnings, so has Empress. We once saw ranchers with hundreds of animals per year producing thousands of pelts a year. Today’s chinchilla producer raises the animal for many reasons, they like to compete in shows, they simply enjoy bringing two animals together to produce an ever better animal, some members start very young in 4-H or FFA programs, and we have many ranchers who still raise chinchilla for their beautiful fur which is a natural, renewable resource. Whatever the reason, they are an active group and demand the most up to date information to give their animals the best possible care. Empress is still here to help them!

If you are up for the challenge, or want to guarantee you are purchasing the finest quality herd improvement animals, or simply want to be part of a loyal group of people who are committed to this wonderful animal, you have come to the right place and we invite you to be part of Empress Chinchilla!

The National Office of Empress Chinchilla

Maxine Lynch, General Manager

Sectretary /Treasurer
5525 Heidi St. La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 825-6204

Empresschinchilla@gmail.com


National Board Of Directors

Tamara Tucker, President

TL.Tucker01@gmail.com

Gene Adcock, Director at Large

Geneadcock@gmail.com

Tiffany Whitlow, Director at Large

tiffanyschinchillas@gmail.com

Cara Beasley, Region I

CaraBeasley@gmail.com

Daniel Jensen, Director at Large

bluestarchinchillas@hotmail.com


ECBC Branch Contact Information

Region I

Northern California

Gene Adcock, President

Geneadcock@gmail.com

Sumiko De La Vega, Secretary

chinchillachateau@gmail.com

Region II

Colorado

Roger Clark, President

silverspruce288@paonia.com

Cornellia Kern, Secretary

cornellia@cuddlebugchinchillas.com

Region III

Ohio

Ralph Shoots, President

shootschinchilla@aol.com

Barbara Shoots, Secretary

BarbaraShoots@gmail.com


Southern California

Michael Caplan, President

mike@caplanchinchillas.com

Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

sandy@modsoft.com

Greater Kansas City

Mike Lawrence, President

mcchins@hotmail.com

Bob Merritt, Secretary

rvdk@cebridge.net

Western Ohio

Jim Ritterspach, President

ritterchin@aol.com

Jan Ryerson, Secretary

lgroxy@aol.com


California

David Walters, President

willow@yahoo.com

Jeremiah Stoker, Secretary

halfstach1109@yahoo.com

Heartland

Mike Lawrence, President

mcchins@hotmail.com

Connie Lawrence, Secretary

mcchins@hotmail.com

Wisconsin

Wendy Torgerson, President

wksdesignerchins@gmail.com

Brenda Walter, Secretary

bbchinchillas@gmail.com


Washington

Ryan Chinn, President

ECBCWA@gmail.com

Southern Minnesota

Anna Harris, President

dannah@midco.net

Dan Harris, Secretary

dannah@midco.net

Northern Atlantic

Dee Bunk-Hatch, President

humbleacreschins@gmail.com

James Rogers, Secretary

jrogersjr57@comcast.net


Oklahoma

Tamara Tucker, President

TL.Tucker01@gmail.com

Pamela Biggers, Secretary

tl.tucker@sbcglobal.net

Southern Atlantic

Tiffany Whitlow, President

tiffanyschinchillas@gmail.com

Kathy Ho, Secretary

kathyschinchillas@aol.com