I am a small breeder in southern Anne Arundel County in Maryland. I've owned chinchillas since 2001, and have been breeding since 2006. I've learned a lot over the past several years, some through dumb luck, some hard lessons, and a great deal through research and OJT.
This is beautiful Esmeralda!
How I got started. . .
I managed to be lucky enough to meet some really great people very near the beginning of my breeding venture, and they have given me a much broader knowledge base than I would otherwise have obtained - these people being Dave and Chris Woods of Whitewoods Chinchilla Ranch in Pennsylvania, and Jan and Rich Ryerson of Ryerson Chinchilla Ranch in Ohio, as well as Kelly from Mystic Mosaics and Brandi from Angel's Chinchillas. I have attended many chinchilla shows, learning about quality and how to pair animals in order to better the species. Many of my chinchillas have won awards - please visit the Awards page to see them!
I have been a member of the Mutation Chinchilla Breeders Association (MCBA) since April 2006 and have recently been inducted as a board member for the Atlantic Chapter of the MCBA.