Flemish Giant Rabbit

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus

Habitat: Flemish Giant Rabbits are a domesticated species that originated in Belgium . They are a popular pet in both America and throughout Europe.

Diet: Rabbits are herbivores. At the zoo, we give our Flemish Giant Rabbits a mix of grain food with leafy greens. Carrots are actually used more as a treat for rabbits; it’s like having a piece of cake for them!

Size: 2.5 to 4 feet long

Weight: 15 to 22 pounds

Lifespan: 8 to 10 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Near Threatened – a species that is determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be declining in population and may meet the criteria for a threatened status in the near future.

Our Flemish Giant Rabbits:

Juniper (Female) – Born November 25, 2019
Willow (Female) – Born November 25, 2019

Did You Know?!

  • Flemish giant rabbits were originally bred for their meat and fur, but are now very popular pets.
  • Rabbit’s ears are for more than just hearing. The large ears contain many blood vessels that cool in the breeze as the rabbit’s blood circulates.
  • Rabbits are not rodents, although they used to be classified in the same family. Rabbits are classified as lagomorphs. 
  • Flemish giant rabbits come in various colors, including tan, blue (slate grey), and spotted.
  • Rabbits have an arched back to help with hopping and jumping.

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!