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.

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.

The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 6/1 for wine in the wilderness and will reopen with normal hours on 6/2!