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Rabbits

Behavior

Non-aggressive, exploratory, social, digging, crepuscular, territorial

Social Structure

New Zealand Rabbits descendants of European rabbits  are highly social. The dominant buck shares territory with several females and subordinate males, which are warrens.

Abnormal Behaviors

aggression, barbering, bar chewing, excessive grooming, thumping

nosing, repetitive motions, grunting

Social Housing is the best form of enrichment to promote natural behaviors such as laying together.
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Enrichment for Rabbits

Enrichment items that offer shelter, play, gnawing, rooting, and noise making.

Social Housing is the best form of enrichment to promote natural behaviors such as laying together.
Social Housing is the best form of enrichment to promote natural behaviors such as laying together.
Structural Enrichment such a platforms, shelters promote social behavior by allowing the submissive animal a retreat.
Structural Enrichment such a platforms, shelters promote social behavior by allowing the submissive animal a retreat.
Rabbits enjoying play area filled with enrichment items to promote exploratory behaviors.
Rabbits enjoying play area filled with enrichment items to promote exploratory behaviors.

Resources

Featured Studies that involving refinement, enrichment, and handling of rabbits.

AALAE FORUM

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Our AALAE Forum is open to all lab animal professionals with the intent to serve as a think tank for new enrichment ideas, behavior management practices, as well as innovative enrichment/behavior management techniques.  It’s imperative to push the conversation around animal welfare in a positive way.