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Domestic rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus


A domestic rabbit is a species of the European rabbit.

A domestic rabbit can turn each ear 180 degrees, which means they can locate the exact spot any sound is coming from.

They are sociable, quiet animals who communicate through body language and facial features, which is important as they have 360-degree vision.

A domestic rabbit is a species of the European rabbit. A rabbit’s foot may be lucky on land, but they are banned from ships. It is believed that in the 17th century, a rabbit chewed through the hull of a ship triggering the death of hundreds ofsailors.


Meadows, woods or forests

Diet - Herbivore

Grass, plants, fruit and seeds, the bulk of their food is leafy greens.


The domestic rabbit can be up to 40cms long and weigh around 2 kgs




The IUCN does not consider the domestic rabbit to be in risk of extinction in the near future


In the wild, threats can include disease, habitat loss and hunting as they are seen as pests by farmers. This is now a commonly kept domestic pet and not currently under threat.

Current population

The domestic rabbit does not exist in the wild as they were born in captivity.

Zoo population

The population count in zoos of the domestic rabbit is unknown as they breed successfully all year round.

Key to acronyms

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature