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Lagomorphs in North American Zoos

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  1. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

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    Here I have attempted to make a complete list of lagomorphs present in American and Canadian collections. Only information 2017 or newer was used. Domestic species are excluded. Information missing holders or species, as well as information on subspecies or populations is welcomed.

    As you can see, lagomorphs aren't very popular in North American zoos. The most common species are Desert Cottontail (4 holders) and Eastern Cottontail (2 holders).

    Desert Hare (1 holder)
    Dallas World Aquarium

    Snowshoe Hare (1 holder)
    Cleveland Museum of Natural History

    European Rabbit (1 holder)
    Great Vancouver Zoo

    Desert Cottontail (4 holders)
    Buffalo Zoo
    Dallas World Aquarium
    El Paso Zoo
    Springs Preserve

    Eastern Cottontail (2 holders)
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    El Paso Zoo

    Daurian Pika (1 holder)
    Bronx Zoo
     
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    CALM zoo have desert cottontail
     
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    Since when does DWA have Desert Hare? I've only ever known them to keep Desert Cottontail.

    Living Desert has a Black-Tailed Jackrabbit and I believe both Queens Zoo and Roger Williams Park Zoo keep New England Cottontail behind the scenes. Doesn't Oregon still have Pygmy Rabbit bts as well?

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    Desert Hare was mentioned in one of the DWA species lists threads, alongside Desert Cottontail.

    Oregon's Pygmy Rabbits were Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits, a taxon that is now extinct. The last one died bts at Oregon Zoo in 2008. Unless they also keep normal Pygmy Rabbits, there wouldn't be any at Oregon anymore.
     
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    Just looked into it. Oregon Zoo had some impure Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits until 2012, when the last ones they had were released into the wild.
     
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    Omaha has desert cottontail as well
     
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    Ah ok, I was under the impression that they still had the mixed pedigree animals. Not that the Columbia Basin population is considered to have ever been a distinct taxon anymore.

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    Yukon Wildlife Preserve has Snowshoe Hare
     
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    DWA definitely does not keep Desert Hare, they only keep Desert Cottontail.

    There's a collection in Florida with Marsh Rabbit but @UngulateNerd92 would have to tell you which.

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    There are collections in Nova Scotia with Snowshoe hare, Peace River Wildlife Center in Fl has Marsh hare.
     
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    This will be what I was thinking of.

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    What collections?
     
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    Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and Two Rivers Wildlife Park.
     
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    That place is Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida. They only had one animal during my visit. It was injured and being rehabilitated. I can post a photograph I took of this animal to the gallery, or I can send the picture in a private message if anyone is interested.
     
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    Salmonier Nature Park should have Snowshoe Hare.
     
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    They certainly seem to be a likely holder. In "The Longevity of Mammals in Captivity; from the World's Living Collections" by Richard Weigl, there is reference to that collection, I want to say including for lagomorpha. If anybody is interested, I can post relevant information from that book into this thread.
     
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    Snowshoe Hare (5 holders)
    Cleveland Museum of Natural History
    Salmonier Nature Park
    Shubenacadie Wildlife Park
    Two Rivers Wildlife Park
    Yukon Wildlife Preserve

    Black-Tailed Jackrabbit (1 holder)
    The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

    European Rabbit (1 holder)
    Great Vancouver Zoo

    Desert Cottontail (5 holders)
    Buffalo Zoo
    California Living Museum
    Dallas World Aquarium
    El Paso Zoo
    Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
    Springs Preserve

    Marsh Rabbit (1 holder)
    Peace Springs Wildlife Center

    Eastern Cottontail (2 holders)
    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
    El Paso Zoo

    New England Cottontail (2 holders)
    Queens Zoo
    Rodger Williams Park Zoo

    Daurian Pika (1 holder)
    Bronx Zoo
     
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    Is there any reason why this is different than every zoo that holds rabbits for outreach or in a children's zoo?
     
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    @Giant Eland , didn't you see Riparian brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani riparius) at Sacramento Zoo back in 2014? How many did you see, did they ever breed, and do you know whatever happened to them or the last time they were kept there?
     
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    I said "should" since when I visited in both 2011 and 2015 they had animals on display. However, I do not know of any way to confirm holdings of the park without visiting. I have also seen wild Snowshoes on their grounds though.

    Personally I haven't seen them at Sac, I do not believe the zoo holds the species currently nor have they had them recently. It's possible they have held the species in the past, but someone else will have to confirm that. :)