The Lindt Gold Bunny is proud to support the conservation for the Critically Endangered Riverine Rabbit.
The Riverine Rabbit Project coordinates all the conservation efforts around this fluffy, endearing but very endangered species.

The Riverine Rabbit lives in the thick, thorny shrub along seasonal rivers in the Karoo. It occurs nowhere else in the world and is therefore South Africa’s own special bunny.

The Riverine Rabbit is important in the Karoo ecosystems, as it is a flagship species – this means if we conserve the rabbit’s natural habbit, we are also conserving the bugs, beetles, beasts and bossies that all live side by side with the rabbit.

The riverine ecosystems are also very important for human livelihoods – within our habitat restoration project, we employ people from the local community to help us rehabilitate degraded habitat, which means we are restoring ecosystem services, building resilience to adapt to climate change and improving productivity of farmland.

EWT

EWT has reported the following key impacts from funding received from Lindt in 2014:

  • Job creation for 12 people from the local community.
  • 5000 plants grown in our Karoo Indigenous Nursery for planting out in our Rabbit-Habitat-Restoration project.
  • Restoration of 200ha of previously degraded Riverine Rabbit habitat
  • Restoration of critical ecosystem services for farmers and biodiversity
  • Environmental education for the local school in Loxton.
  • Four big surveys of Riverine Rabbits using our innovative camera trap grids
  • Hundreds of images of Riverine Rabbits in the wild, including the first ever juvenile rabbit caught on camera.
  • A prototype model for estimating density of Riverine Rabbits has been developed for use with the camera trap grids and a MSc student has started her work on this exciting project.

To help us save the Riverine Rabbit, please donate to our project.
See www.ewt.org.za for more details.

  • We discovered key Riverine Rabbit behavioural information – for example, Riverine Rabbits are not only active at night, but a scientific study showed that only 60 % of our photos were rabbits captured during the night – the rest were rabbits out in the day or twilight.
  • We know more about when they breed, where they live, what they eat and where they are. For example, rabbits are active below freezing temperatures and not active at all at temperatures above 30C.
  • We held very successful mapping workshops with the farmers of the Riverine Rabbit Conservancies which gave us great information on where to prioritize our conservation interventions.
  • Two research student theses completed on the rabbit conservation research.