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Flemish Giant Rabbit

Exhibit(s): Farm-in-the-Zoo
Flemish Giant Rabbit

Flemish Giant Rabbit Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Oryctolagus cuniculus
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Lagomorpha
  • Range

    Domesticated around the world
  • Status

    Thriving
  • Habitat

    The breed originated in Flanders, Belgium, as early as the 16th century. The Flemish giant was exported to the United States in the early 1890s.
  • Niche

    Flemish giants require a high protein diet to gain bone mass while growing, as well as later when muscle mass develops. Nutrient-rich, commercial pellets and hay can be supplemented with lesser amounts of select vegetables and fruits.
  • Life History

    Females and males can become sexually mature at four months. Females give birth after 30–32 days to litters of 5–12 offspring.
  • Special Adaptations

    Flemish giants are known for their calm, docile personalities, which make them popular in programs that teach responsible care for farm animals and pets.

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