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

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

Empresschinchilla@gmail.com

National Board Of Directors

National President

Tamara Tucker, President

 

TL.Tucker01@gmail.com

Gene Adcock, Director at Large

Geneadcock@gmail.com

Tamara Tucker, Regional II Director

Tamara Tucker, Regional II Director

TL.Tucker01@gmail.com

Casey Craner, Director at Large

Daniel Jensen, Director at Large

bluestarchinchilla@hotmail.com

Tiffany Whitlow, Director Region lll

Tiffany Whitlow, Director Region lll

Region III

Tiffanyschinchillas@gmail.com

Cara Beasley

Cara Beasley

Region I

CaraBeasley@gmail.com

ECBC Branch Contact Information

Region I

Northern California

Bill Booker, President

napplepie@aol.com

Sumiko De La Vega, Secretary

Sumiko De La Vega, Secretary

chinchillachateau@gmail.com

Region II

Colorado

Tabitha Lindsay, Director at Large

Roger Clark, President

silverspruce288@paonia.com

Cornellia Kern, Secretary

Cornellia Kern, Secretary

cornelia@cuddlebugchinchillas.com

Region III

Ohio

Tabitha Lindsay, Director at Large

Randy Eddy, President

randy.eddy@ohioecbc.org

Tabitha Lindsay, Director at Large

Ron Jedel, Secretary

ron.jedel@ohioecbc.org

Greater Southern California

Mike Caplan, President

Mike Caplan, President

mike@caplanchinchillas.com

Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

sandy@modsoft.com

Greater Kansas City

Mike Lawrence, President

Mike Lawrence, President

mcchins@hotmail.com

Bob Merritt, Secretary

Vicki Merritt, Secretary

gma44@cebridge.net

Western Ohio

Jim Ritterspach, President

Jim Ritterspach, President

ritterchin@aol.com

Jan Ryerson, Secretary

Jan Ryerson, Secretary

lgroxy@aol.com

California Group

Gene Adcock, President

Gene Adcock, President

darkstarchinchilla@gmail.com

Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

Sandy Dumitru, Secretary

Sandy@modsoft.com

Heartland Group

Mark Miller, President

Mark Miller, President

mmiller5243@hotmail.com

Vicki Merritt, Secretary

Vicki Merritt, Secretary

gma44@cebridge.net

Wisconsin

Brenda Walter, Secretary

Brenda Walter, Secretary

bbchinchillas@gmail.com

Washington

Ryan Chinn, President

Ryan Chinn, President

ECBCWA@gmail.com

Southern Minnesota

Dan Harris, President

Dan Harris, President

dannah@midco.net

Anna Harris, Secretary

Anna Harris, Secretary

dannah@midco.net

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