Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are eight different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Ōshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha. The male is called a buck and the female is a doe; a young rabbit is a kitten or kit.


Rabbits, and other lagomorphs, appeared during the Oligocene, when many of the basal mammal families died out. Their relationship to other mammals is subject to some controversy: i.e. are they rodents or not, etc.

In Walking with... Series.Edit

Rabbits are featured in the book version of Land of Giants chapter. They serve as prey for Cynodictis and other small predators.