Domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
There are two rabbits here at the Seneca Park Zoo. Bella was born in 2010 and arrived here in 2011. Edward was born in 2006 and came to the Zoo in 2009.
Status in the wild
Rabbits are not threatened, in fact, their numbers have been increasing due to their prolific breeding rates. Wild rabbit depredation can be problematic for agriculture because of their appetites and the rate at which they breed.
Rabbits can be found in the wild, occurring naturally or as an introduced species on every continent except Antarctica.
Rabbits are herbivores (eats plants). They eat leaves of a wide range of vegetation including agricultural crops, cereals, young trees and cabbages.
- The milk of rabbits is highly nutritious and among the richest of all mammals.
- Male rabbits are called bucks, and females are called does.
- Wild rabbits live together in dens underground. When danger is detected, the rabbits run back to the burrows and flash a white under tail to others as a warning.
Rabbits use their ears as "air conditioners" and direct heated blood through to the thin ears to cool them with surface air.