Domestic Rabbit

Domestic Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus

See them at the Zoo

Quick Facts
Length:
Weight:
16" to 19"
5 to 14 pounds
Wild diet: Leaves, grasses, roots, bark, and fruits
Zoo Diet: Rabbit pellets, a commercially prepared balanced diet, apples, and carrots
Distribution:

Everywhere except Antarctica and Madagascar

Habitat: Bushy areas, swamp ledges, and woods

  • Overpopulation is just as much of a problem with rabbits as it is with cats and dogs. They're the third most common animal handled by shelters. Some shelters do not allow the adoption of rabbits one week before or after Easter.

At the Zoo

As of August 2013, there are 10 domestic rabbits at Brookfield Zoo. Three of the rabbits are an unspecified breed, and the other seven are Polish rabbits.

Description

Rabbits have incisor teeth that grow throughout their life. One pair grows directly behind the others. Their coat comes in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns. Most domestic rabbits have an extremely flexible body. Their large hind feet can have sharp claws that should be clipped and filed regularly.
 

Status in the Wild

As a domesticated animal, they do not exist naturally in the wild. Their close relative of the same species, the European rabbit, is near threatened in the wild.
 

Conservation Programs

Not listed in the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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