Rabbit

Latin name Oryctolagus cuniculus
Class Mammals
Order Lagomorpha
Family Leporidae
Habitat Meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts, wetlands
Distribution Worldwide
IUCN Status Domesticated

General Information

Rabbits are herbivores that feed on grass and leafy greens. In the wild they live in large social groups in underground burrows called a warren. Their long ears help to detect predators such as foxes & stoats. If they feel threatened they thump their large hind legs as a warning others. Rabbits are popular as pets and there are a huge variety of domestic breeds worldwide.

Lifespan: 8-12 years in captivity

Fun Fact

Rabbits pass two different types of faeces - hard pellets and soft black pellets which they then eat! By eating the soft pellets they are able to extract the nutrients they need second time round as they are unable to digest cellulose found in plants and leafy greens.

Keeper Notes

We currently have 4 rabbits at the zoo: two females, Salt and Pepper and two males, Charlie and Dexter. The boys are the mirror image of each other, both covered in white fur, with patterned ears but they have black fur under and around the opposite eyes.