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Conservation breeding of endangered rabbit breeds

Four "Japaner" have moved into Nuremberg Zoo - two "Lux rabbits" will follow

Source: Luisa Rauenbusch

Nuremberg Zoo has decided to start conservation breeding of "Japaner" and "Lux rabbits"! The entry into pedigree rabbit breeding was initiated within the framework of the BMEL-funded model and demonstration project "Optimising the contribution of VdZ member zoos to ex-situ in-vivo conservation of endangered native livestock breeds" and was supervised and supported by several rabbit breeding associations. The native "Japaner" and "Lux rabbits" are highly endangered.

The "Japaner" rabbits moved into the zoo a few days ago and were ceremoniously welcomed by the zoo staff, the Central Association of German Breed Rabbit Breeders (ZDRK) e.V., the Association of Bavarian Breed Rabbit Breeders e.V., the Central Franconia District Association of Rabbit Breeders e.V., rabbit breeders, two companies sponsoring the project and project coordinator Sinje Büttner (Arche Warder).

The "Lux rabbits", which were donated to the zoo by the ZDRK as a thank you for the cooperation, will soon move into the zoo as well.

Further information can be found in the press release of the Nuremberg Zoo.

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