Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit- Update

The Oregon zoo has just released the last of its rabbits from their breeding program. They crossed the highly endangered rabbits with Idaho Pygmy Rabbits and others to increase genetic diversity. The breeding program produced more than 600 healthy adults which lived up to 5 years, 2 years longer than the life expectancy. The rabbits were released into the Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area in eastern Washington state. In 2011 the first litter of wild-born kits was confirmed in more than 10 years.

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