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Rabbit

Rabbits are small mammals belonging to the family Leporidae, found in various habitats around the world. 

Physical Characteristics: Rabbits have a compact, round body with long ears, a short tail, and strong hind legs adapted for hopping. They typically have soft fur that comes in a variety of colours and patterns, providing camouflage in their natural environment. Rabbits vary in size depending on the species, with some as small as a few ounces and others weighing several pounds.

Habitat: Rabbits are found in a wide range of habitats, including forests, grasslands, deserts, and wetlands. They are highly adaptable animals and can thrive in both urban and rural environments. Rabbits dig burrows, or warrens, to live in, protecting from predators and extreme weather conditions.

Diet: Rabbits are herbivores, feeding primarily on plant materials such as grasses, leaves, twigs, and bark. They have a specialized digestive system that allows them to extract nutrients from tough, fibrous plant matter. Rabbits also practice coprophagy, or the consumption of their faeces, to further extract nutrients from their food.

Behaviour: Rabbits are social animals that often live in groups, known as colonies, particularly in areas with abundant food and shelter. They are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during the dawn and dusk hours, resting in their burrows during the heat of the day and at night. Rabbits are agile and fast runners, using their powerful hind legs to evade predators.

Reproduction: Rabbits are known for their high reproductive rates, with females, called does, capable of producing multiple litters of offspring each year. Gestation periods vary depending on the species but typically last around 28 to 35 days. Rabbits give birth to altricial young, known as kits or kittens, which are born blind, hairless, and helpless. Kits are cared for by their mother and are weaned onto solid food after a few weeks.

Uses: Rabbits are kept as pets by people around the world due to their small size, docile temperament, and playful behaviour. They are also raised for their meat, and fur, and as show animals in competitions. Rabbit meat, known as rabbit or bunny meat, is lean, tender, and flavorful, making it a popular source of protein in many cultures.

Conservation Status: Many species of rabbits are abundant and widespread, but some face threats from habitat loss, predation, disease, and hunting. Conservation efforts focus on protecting critical habitats, managing invasive species, and monitoring populations to ensure their long-term survival.

Overall, rabbits are fascinating and adaptable animals that play important roles in ecosystems around the world. Whether as beloved pets, sources of food and fibre, or integral members of their native habitats, rabbits are cherished by people and valued for their many contributions to human society.

Rabbit Gallery

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Location - Zoo
Threat Status - Least Concerned

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