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About Enderby Island Rabbits



The breed of rabbits known as "Enderby Island" or just "Enderby" are descendants of rabbits taken from Australia and released ontornsubantarctic Enderby Island in the Auckland Islands, New Zealand, group earlyrnin October 1865. Here they engendered a rabbit population which was to remainrnin isolation for nearly 130 years.

rnrnA breeding group of 49 rabbits was removed from the Islandrnin September 1992.

rnrnrnMost Enderby Island rabbits are a distinctive silver-grey inrncolor with an undercoat of dark slate blue. Their heads, ears and tails arernmuch darker - often being black. This unusual coloring has led to a suggestionrnthat the original animals released were the French Argente de Champagne breedrn(Champagne Silver), but there is no hard evidence to support this assumption - although it was widely believed until recently, when it has been suggested thatrnthe original rabbits the were released are more likely to have been BritishrnSilver Greys.

rnrnAs well as the silver-grey rabbits, a very small percentagernis born cream or beige-colored - a shade produced by a recessive gene.

rnrnrnEnderby Island rabbits are of a moderate size and weighrnaround two kilograms.

rnrnrnFor several years all animals remained the property of thernRare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand with breeding program beingrnundertaken by individual caregivers. Some animals are now available forrnpurchase by private enthusiasts. Some have been exported to North America.

rnrnrnContent and Photo Source: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz )rnrn

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