Flemish Giant Rabbit
The Brandywine Zoo has a female Flemish giant rabbit named Poppy. She was born on October 9, 2019 and came to live at the Brandywine Zoo in December of that year.
She is named after the national flower of Belgium – the red poppy! The Flemish giant rabbit breed originated from the Flemish region of Belgium in the 16th or 17th century, so Poppy’s name is a call back to the history of her breed.
Threats & Conservation
As a domestic breed, Flemish giants do not face external threats, but their wild counterpart, the wild European rabbit does. Rabbits in general are able to adapt to living in urban environments, but as agriculture and other human activity causes habitat loss, rabbits are often killed as pest animals, hit by cars, or hunted by domestic cats and dogs that have been allowed to roam outside. The European rabbit has become a threat itself in places, such as Australia, where they have become an invasive species.