Rabbit

Name

Rabbit

Scientific Name

Oryctolagus cuniculus

Characteristics

Today there are more than 50 different species of rabbit and the number continues to increase as the selective breeding of pet rabbits becomes more popular.

They have fluffy short tails, whiskers and distinctive long ears that can grow up to 10cms in length. Stretching their ears out, allows rabbits to better hear approaching predators. Their ears also enable them to stay cool in hot climates as extra body heat is released through blood vessels in the ear.

Wild rabbits create their own homes by tunneling into the ground. These tunnel systems are called warrens and include rooms for nesting and sleeping. They also have multiple entrances for quick escape.

Rabbits are well known for their quick and successful breeding with the average gestation period being just over a month, with the female then giving birth to an average of six babies.

The average rabbit lives to about 8 years old when kept as a pet.

Diet

Rabbits are herbivores that feed on mainly on grass, but also eat nuts, berries, fruit and vegetables.

Size Fact

The weight of a rabbit ranges from 0.7–2 kg.

Food Fact

The rabbit is prey to many predators including cats, dogs and humans.

Fun Fact

Many people believe carrying a rabbit’s foot will bring good luck!

IUCN Red list

Our rabbits are not evaluated on the IUCN Red List.

Where do I live?

Rabbits are small mammals found naturally in Europe, South Africa, Sumatra and Japan.

Handling Sessions

You can cuddle our rabbits during our daily animal handling sessions in Animal Village.

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