Domestic rabbit in exhibit

Domestic Rabbit

Scientific Name
Oryctolagus cuniculus domestic
Domesticated around the world
Estimated Wild Population
Domestic rabbit in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Not Listed Endangered Status Graph - Not Listed

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Although there are dozens of domestic rabbit breeds, Flemish giant rabbits, like those living at Lincoln Park Zoo, are some of the largest. They average 15 pounds but can weigh as much as 22 pounds. They have long, powerful bodies with broad hindquarters. Males have broad, massive heads while females often have large folds of skin beneath their chins. Their glossy, dense fur can be black, blue, fawn, sandy, light gray, steel gray, or white.

Did You Know?

The longest individual ever recorded totaled 51 inches, nearly the height of the average 9-year-old boy in the United States.

Females can have up to six liters of five to six offspring, called kittens, per year.

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