The Volcano Rabbit lives at a high altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level. Grasslands have expanded into the highlands, making it difficult for the rabbit to find food and make their nest holes.
Body length: 27-31.5cm
Tail length: 1.8-3.1cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Volcano Rabbit lives on a volcano near Mexico City, the capital of Mexico.
Volcano Rabbits eat fresh grass and leaves on short grown plants.
Volcano Rabbits make their nests deep in the grass. Not only do they eat the grass, but they also use it to hide from their enemies.
Arrival of livestock disturbs the safety of the Volcano Rabbit
The Volcano Rabbit lives in the highlands, about 3,000 meters above sea level. They build their nests deep in the grass to keep it concealed as they raise their offspring. Volcano Rabbits have always been considered troublemakers for crops in Mexico, which is why farmers often shoot them dead. Additionally, as the grasslands expanded into the highlands, other threats to their safety appeared. Herds of grass-eating livestock, cows and sheep, ate their food, and by doing so took away the camouflage for their nest holes.
Extinction by eruption?!
Another problem is that the Volcano Rabbits live on an active volcano. If this volcano were to erupt, it would wipe out their small population. So, zoos and preservation centers are working quickly to breed more Volcano Rabbits.
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