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Domestic Rabbit

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Did You Know?

  • There are around 80 breeds and varieties of domestic rabbits around the world.
  • Flemish giant rabbits are one of the largest breeds; they can get up to 20 pounds and 32 inches in length.
  • Males are called bucks and females are called does.

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Overview

Scientific Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus

Class: Mammals

Diet: Vegetation

Range: Domesticated around the world

Endangered Status: Not Listed

More Information

Descended from the European rabbit, domestic rabbits originated in the Iberian Peninsula and parts of France and northwest Africa. Now, due to human influence, rabbits can be found worldwide. Lincoln Park Zoo is home to Flemish giants, which are among the oldest rabbit breeds in existence.

Flemish giant rabbits originated in the 16th or 17th centuries in what is now Belgium and were bred for their fur and meat. However, their high bone density made them less desirable for meat production, so they are mostly pets or show animals today. They are known to be inquisitive, friendly, and intelligent, and may greet others by standing on their hind legs and stretching up.

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