After the conquest of Spain through the Romans in 206 BC, they exported the wild rabbits in other countries for food. Originally, the rabbits were held in stonewalled enclosures called leporaria. Selective breeding for meat production was started by French monks. In the 5th century, a papal bull allowed the consumption of newly born rabbits during Lent. Nowadays, about 2 million tons of rabbit meat are consumed worldwide per year. Wild European rabbits occur in Europa, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Stem type: Wild rabbits 2000 years ago
Weight: 1,0 kg – 9,0 kg
gestation period: ca. 30 days
feed: Grasses, herbs, vegetables, bark
Power: Meat, fur; 8-12 hatchlings in one litter; up to 3 litters / year