Scientific name: Oryctolagus cuniculus
Habitat: fields, forests, cultivated land
Diet: plants, fungi, roots, bark
Life span: 3-4 years (6-8 years in captivity)
Young: 4-8 kits/litter
Size: 1-9 kg (2-20 lbs)
In the wild, these rabbits live in large colonies. They dig underground burrows that house adults and their young. A dominant male and female rule the colony. Rabbits spend most of the daytime resting in the burrow, coming out at night to forage for food.
Today's domestic rabbit is derived from the wild European rabbit.
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Edmonton Valley Zoo
13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7