Pygmy rabbit

Dana Sanchez

Latin name: Brachylagus idahoensis

Pygmy rabbits are burrowing rabbits that only live in the sagebrush steppe. Because of many factors, the sagebrush steppe is declining and is one of our most threatened ecosystems here in the U.S. The pygmy rabbit is one of several species, including the greater sage-grouse, whose dependence on the specialized environment of the sage steppe makes it a species of conservation concern. Working with the University of Idaho, Dr. Sanchez collaborated with Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game and the BLM’s Salmon Field Office to conduct key investigations to discover the pygmy rabbit’s use of habitat, survival factors, and ability to disperse among patches. These data are informing additional studies and efforts to maintain populations of this unique member of the rabbit family.

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