Zoo Zone

Wild facts

April 19, 2000

Racin' Hares and Hidin' Rabbits!

Rabbits and hares live around the world, in areas ranging from the seashore to the mountaintop and the desert.

What's for dinner?

Rabbits and hares are herbivores (plant eaters).

There are 44 different species of rabbits and hares in the world. All of them have large eyes and ears to detect danger. Most rabbits have adaptations (special features) that allow them to burrow. Hares have better running ability. In fact, some hares can reach speeds of 50 miles per hour!

Rabbits and hares live around the world, in areas ranging from the seashore to the mountaintop and the desert.

Do you know?

Do rabbits and hares make noise?

Answer: Most species only make noise when they thump their feet to alert others of danger when in distress. However, some species use a variety of calls.

Learn more!

Watch for Mrs. Tiny, a giant Flemish rabbit, when The Baltimore Zoo ZOOmobile comes to your school! Read "Rosie & Tortoise" by Margaret Wild.

Baby hares are called leverets. They are born covered with hair and with their eyes wide open.

Baby rabbits are called kittens. They are born without any hair. Their eyes open several days after birth.

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