New England Cottontail Rabbit

New England Cottontail Rabbit

A New England cotton tail rabbit is released at Ninigret.
A New England cotton tail rabbit is released at Ninigret.

Contact
Louis Perrotti Director of Conservation Programs
(401) 785-3510 ext. 335
lperrotti@rwpzoo.org

The rare New England cottontail, a threatened species of native rabbit once abundant throughout the New England region, is getting much needed help. 

Biologists from the New England Cottontail Captive Breeding Working Group (NECCBWG) (see right) have teamed up to restore populations by breeding these rabbits in captivity and releasing them in natural habitat.  This program has made promising progress toward boosting cottontail numbers while the partners also work to protect and restore habitat throughout the range of this species.