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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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Rabbit on Animal Diversity Web


Range: world-wide

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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