Peter the Rabbit (Belgian Hare)

Most of you should recognize this beautiful Belgian Hare from the animal village. Peter, loved by many, passed away peacefully in his sleep last week. He loved having his long ears stroked and had a rather inquisitive character.

Despite the name, Belgian Hares are a type of domestic rabbit. Selectively bred to look like a wild hare, these rabbits were imported from Belgium to Britain in 1874. They have long slender body and agile legs, just like the hares you see in the countryside. The Belgian Hare is one of the most intelligent and energetic of rabbit breeds.

Peter will be missed by our volunteers, staff and visitors.

Peter the Belgian Hare