About Empress Chinchilla

WELCOME to the Empress Chinchilla website! 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 even 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

Maxine Lynch

General Manager
Secretary /Treasurer
5525 Heidi St. La Mesa, CA 91942
619.957.3349

Empresschinchilla@gmail.com

Maxine Lynch

Tamara Tucker

President
Secretary /Treasurer
5525 Heidi St. La Mesa, CA 91942
619.957.3349

Empresschinchilla@gmail.com

Gene Adcock

Vice President
Geneadcock@gmail.com

Gene Adcock

Director at Large
Geneadcock@gmail.com
Casey Craner, Director at Large

Daniel Jensen

Director at Large

bluestarchinchilla@hotmail.com

Cara Beasley

Cara Beasley

Region I Director

CaraBeasley@gmail.com

Tamara Tucker, Regional II Director

Tamara Tucker

Region ll Director
TL.Tucker01@gmail.com
Tiffany Whitlow, Director Region lll

Ron Jedel

Region lll Director

Ron.jedel@ohioecbc.org

ECBC Branch Contact Information

Region I

California Branch

Shahna Thomas Powell

President
Kisschinchillas@outlook.com
Sumiko De La Vega, Secretary

Sandy Dimitru

Secretary
sandy@modsoft.com

Region II

Colorado Branch

Tabitha Lindsay, Director at Large

Roger Clark

President
silverspruce288@paonia.com
Cornellia Kern, Secretary

Jessica Fulks

Secretary
Jessicafulks288@gmail.com

Region III

Great Lakes Branch

Tabitha Lindsay, Director at Large

Randy Eddy

President
randy.eddy@ohioecbc.org
Tabitha Lindsay, Director at Large

Ron Jedel

Secretary
ron.jedel@ohioecbc.org

Northwestern Branch

Mike Caplan, President

Narcissus Kimball

President
narcissuskimball@gmail.com
Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

Sarah Ralston

Secretary
srataero@hotmail.com

Heartland Branch

Mark Miller, President

Mark Miller

President
mmiller5243@hotmail.com
Vicki Merritt, Secretary

Vicki Merritt

Secretary
gma44@cebridge.net

Northern Atlantic Branch

Mike Caplan, President

Dee Bunk-Hatch

President
humbleacreschins@gmail.com
Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

James Rogers

Secretary
jrogers57@comcast.net

Southern Minnesota Branch

Mark Miller, President

Dan Harris

President
Dannah@midco.net

Southern Atlantic Branch

Mark Miller, President

Tiffany Whitlow

President
Vicki Merritt, Secretary

Kathy Ho

Secretary
Kathy’schinchillas@aol.com
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