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 to others.
Rabbits are popular as pets and there are a huge variety of domestic breeds worldwide.
Latin name - Oryctolagus cuniculus
Class - Mammals
Order - Lagomorpha
Family - Leporidae
IUCN Status - Domesticated
Habitat - Meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts, wetlands
Distribution - Worldwide
8-12 years in captivity
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.
We currently have 2 English old spot rabbits at the zoo, Albus and Neville. Our cheeky little rabbits are very friendly and always investigating new things we add to their enclosure.
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