Ochotonidae Thomas, 1897

Taxon Date Location Notes
Afghan Pika
Ochotona rufescens (Gray, 1842)
1986* London Zoological Society of London Annual Report 1986-87, p27. The zoo received 14 animals in 1986 but, despite one birth, many died and the last six animals were sent elsewhere within the year.

Leporidae Fischer, 1817

Taxon Date Location Notes
European Brown Hare
Lepus europaeus Pallas, 1778
1954E London Zoological Society of London: Zoo Life, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 1954) p78: Perhaps the most unexpected birth was that of two European Hares, Lepus europaeus, in the Children's Zoo.
Ornamental Pheasant Trust and Norfolk Wildlife Park Annual Report 1964, p28: This is believed to be the first successful breeding of this species in Britain ... Hares have been bred on private estates for many years.
Indian Hare
Lepus nigricollis F. Cuvier, 1823
1840s* Knowsley Woolfall (1990) p20.
Mountain Hare
Lepus timidus Linnaeus, 1758
ca.1850* Knowsley Woolfall (1990) p20.
The National Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland (Zoo Federation News, No. 30, Spring 1981) gave a first breeding award to Norfolk Wildlife Park for a breeding of Lepus timidus varronis in 1980.
European Rabbit
Oryctolagus cuniculus (Linnaeus, 1758)
? ? Further research required.
Volcano Rabbit
Romerolagus diazi Merriam, 1896
Aug 1968 Jersey International Zoo Yearbook, Vol. 26 (1987) p261: In 1968, the first captive-bred litter was produced at the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust ...
Confusingly, the National Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland (Zoo Federation News, No. 36, Spring 1983) gave a first breeding award to Jersey for a breeding in 1982.
Eastern Cottontail
Sylvilagus floridanus (J. A. Allen, 1890)
1887*† London Flower (1929) p244 as S. sylvaticus: Five born in the Gardens during 1887. The exact identity of these animals was unclear and it is possible that they would now be regarded as the Mountain Cottontail S. nuttalli.