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A preliminary report on the breeding of the Volcano rabbit Romerolagus diazi at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City

A preliminary report on the breeding of the Volcano rabbit Romerolagus diazi at the Chapultepec... OThe Zoological Society of London A preliminary report on the breeding of the Volcano rabbit Romerolagus diazi at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City JURGEN HOTH & HUMBERTO GRANADOS Laboratory of Experimental Animal Biology, Faculty of Sciences, U N A M , Mexico, DF 04510 The Volcano rabbit, Teporingo or Zacatuche Rornerolagus diazi is an endangered species endemic to Mexico which occurs only in the volcanos south and southeast of the Valley of Mexico (Rojas-Mendoza, 1951; Granados, 1981; Lopez-Forment & Cervantes, 1981; Hoth et al., 1985; Hoth et al., 1987). First described in 1893 by Ferrari-Perez, this species was possibly already known to the Aztecs since the common name ‘Zacatuche’ is a Nahuatl word meaning ‘the bundle-grass rabbit’, a reference to its habitat. Romerolagus diazi was considered in danger of extinction in 1966 and the establishment of a captive colony at Chapultepec Zoo was suggested then (Simon, 1966). It is listed in the current IUCN Red data book as Endangered. Several studies have highlighted the various threats which affect the rabbit in the wild and the survival of the species has been linked to successful establishment of captive populations (Rojas-Mendoza, 195I; Durrell & Mallinson, 1970; Cervantes, 1980; de Poorter http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

A preliminary report on the breeding of the Volcano rabbit Romerolagus diazi at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City

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Wiley
Copyright
© 1987 The Zoological Society of London
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1987.tb03169.x
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OThe Zoological Society of London A preliminary report on the breeding of the Volcano rabbit Romerolagus diazi at the Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City JURGEN HOTH & HUMBERTO GRANADOS Laboratory of Experimental Animal Biology, Faculty of Sciences, U N A M , Mexico, DF 04510 The Volcano rabbit, Teporingo or Zacatuche Rornerolagus diazi is an endangered species endemic to Mexico which occurs only in the volcanos south and southeast of the Valley of Mexico (Rojas-Mendoza, 1951; Granados, 1981; Lopez-Forment & Cervantes, 1981; Hoth et al., 1985; Hoth et al., 1987). First described in 1893 by Ferrari-Perez, this species was possibly already known to the Aztecs since the common name ‘Zacatuche’ is a Nahuatl word meaning ‘the bundle-grass rabbit’, a reference to its habitat. Romerolagus diazi was considered in danger of extinction in 1966 and the establishment of a captive colony at Chapultepec Zoo was suggested then (Simon, 1966). It is listed in the current IUCN Red data book as Endangered. Several studies have highlighted the various threats which affect the rabbit in the wild and the survival of the species has been linked to successful establishment of captive populations (Rojas-Mendoza, 195I; Durrell & Mallinson, 1970; Cervantes, 1980; de Poorter

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1987

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