09 April 2007

Rare rabbit still alive

Sumatran Rabbit (Nesolagus netscheri)

Wildlife Conservation Society researchers have confirmed the continued existence of the Sumatran Rabbit, which had not been seen since 1998. Using infrared camera traps, the scientists have captured images of the striped rabbit, which is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

It is one of only two known species of striped rabbits, the other being the Annamite Striped Rabbit. The greatest threat to the Sumatran rabbit is habitat loss, mainly through clearing to make way for agriculture.

Here's the article, including the photo, from the WCS.

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