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Arboretum_Bunny.JPGAcross from Putah Creek Lodge in the Arboretum easter.jpg

Lagomorphs (scientific family name), including rabbits(Genus Sylvilagus) and hares(Genus Lepus) are part of the wildlife that can be seen all around Davis. The northwest corner of 80 and Mace Boulevard and West Davis are full of them, darting from headlights at night.

Some of the local 4-H Clubs have rabbit programs and members raise them and show them at Spring Fair. Be aware that the guidelines of care for showing rabbits recommended by the ARBA (keeping them intact, diet, cage size, etc.) are not at all in line with (and usually directly contradictory to) what veterinarians recommend for optimal health.

Rabbits can be purchased at Ace Garden & Pet, but instead of creating demand for breeders and contributing to overpopulation, please consider adopting abandoned bunnies from Yolo County SPCA, Yolo County Animal Shelter, [WWW]Friends of Unwanted Rabbits (Sacramento), or [WWW]Sacramento House Rabbit Society. These rabbits come fixed, which saves you hundreds of dollars in surgery costs.

Be aware that companion rabbits live 8-12 years if cared for properly. If you are not ready for a ten-year commitment, don't get a pet. Bunnies should have several hours of exercise time each day (which is easy for caretakers who adhere to a cage-free philosophy), fresh vegetables, and unlimited hay. Rabbits should never live in a backyard hutch, especially in the California heat. Spaying/neutering your rabbit is also essential to promoting their health and behavior, even if they aren't exposed to rabbits of the opposite sex. Visit the national House Rabbit Society [WWW]website for more detailed care instructions, tips on litter-training, housing ideas, and information about the downfalls of wood shavings, certain litters, and wire-floor cages.

Rabbits are classified as exotic pets and therefore most veterinarians do not have adequate training to properly diagnose and treat health issues. You can find exotic vets at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

There are also a few pet bunnies on the wiki.

Local Varieties

Name Image Where to Find
Black-Tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus lepus-californicus.jpg The Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, or Lepus californicus is commonly found around Davis in any agricultural or open field.
Brush Rabbit Sylvilagus bachmani PD_BrushRabbit.jpg If you spot a smaller bunny that tends to live in the bushes around central campus and is content to subsist on lawn grass, it's probably a brush rabbit.

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Dude, that's a [WWW]hare. - LenaGranik

Jackrabbits are hares (common names often don't reflect proper classification). Both rabbits and hares are subspecies of [WWW]Lagomorpha -aec :)

In fact, when I look up the word "rabbit" one of the definitions I find is "hare". -Jevan

For the record, all hares are rabbits, but all rabbits are not hares. Domesticated breeds are not considered to be hares and look completely different. Wild rabbits however, are generally considered to be hares. -AllisonEriksen

There is a family of rabbits near the Hickey Gym, and the death star. They live in the bushes. —StevenDaubert

I've spotted a small, brown rabbit (not a jackrabbit/hare) near the Tercero dorms and one near Kemper Hall a few weeks later. I suppose it could be the same rabbit, since those buildings are not a great distance from one another. -AnnaJones

Another pair of small rabbits are by the Bike Barn. I've seen them on a couple occasions, and they seem pretty habituated to people going back and forth (they didn't bolt for cover as I rode by). Maybe they live around Chem? Inquiring on the doings of some professor? —KevinChin


2009-01-24 16:02:58   yes, Tercero, the Aarboretum, and the bushes near Hickey Gym are where u can find them on campus. —BryceH


2009-04-13 13:32:11   Does anyone know of any apartment complexes with managers who are OK with litter-trained house rabbits? Perhaps it is just better to sneak him in as a cat... Thanks! —nataliesadler


2011-09-29 20:01:02   The Bush Rabbit, a subspecies of cottontail rabbit can frequently be found at night near some bushes on the bike trail that runs north from the west edge of the park that includes the two ponds in North Star, through a bicycle underpass to the fields north of Davis. The bush is on the west side of the bike path just north of the path that goes to the second street south of the fields, Waxwing Place. The rabbits will frequently freeze as you approach. I have seen as many as three at this location. —Richard-Bruce


2012-01-30 00:13:25   Are the Brush Rabbit's good eats? —CarlosOverstreet

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