Domestic Rabbit - Blank Park Zoo

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Scientific Name:
Oryctolagus cuniculus
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Lagomorpha
Family:
Leporidae
Feeding Type:
Herbivorous
Range:
Worldwide, except Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica
Habitat:
Domestic
Diet in the Wild:
Plants
Diet at the Zoo: 
Rabbit pellets, carrots, alfalfa hay
Longevity:
6 months to 1 year in wild, 5 years and longer in captivity
Description:
Domestic rabbits vary in size and colors. They have eyes on either side of its head and its ears are usually large. Their whiskers are predominantly visible and they have small tails and powerful hind legs.
Adaptation/Behavior:
With eyes on either side of its head, the rabbit has excellent monocular vision. Monocular vision allows the rabbit to see a wider area, but a disadvantage is that there is no depth perception. Rabbits use their keen sense of hearing and smell to spot for predators. When alarmed, rabbits thump their feet. Rabbits have 2 pairs of incisors that include a smaller pair behind the main pair. They have no roots and their teeth grow continuously.
Courtship/Breeding:
Rabbits breed all year. Gestation period is between 30 to 32 days. A liter of 3 to 9 bunnies are born and they are blind and naked. Bunnies are independent after 30 days.
Conservation:
Domestic rabbits are at a lower risk.

Interesting Facts

Our Animals

  • Originated from wild rabbits of Central Europe
  • Cave paintings in Spain show rabbits and hares.
  • The rabbit is not on exhibit and is an education animal.
  • The Zoo has one male.
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