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Individual study: Reintroduction of Lower Keys marsh rabbits

Published source details

Faulhaber C.A., Perry N.D., Silvy N.J., Lopez R.R., Frank P.A. & Peterson M.J. (2006) Reintroduction of Lower Keys marsh rabbits. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 34, 1198-1202

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Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A replicated, controlled study in 2002–2004 on two islands in Florida, USA (Faulhaber et al. 2006) found that translocated Lower Keys marsh rabbits Sylvilagus palustris hefneri had post-release survival rates similar to those of animals in established populations. Of rabbits whose fate was known, nine of eleven (81%) translocated to one island survived ≥5 months (two were predated) and all six (100%) translocated to another island survived ≥5 months. Eleven out of 14 (79%) caught and released at capture sites survived ≥5 months, with two predated and one dying from unknown causes. Transmitter failure curtailed monitoring of two further rabbits from these groups. Twelve rabbits, caught in 2002, were released within two hours of capture onto a nearby rabbit-free island. Seven rabbits, caught in 2004, were released onto a different rabbit-free island. In 2002, nine rabbits were also released at respective capture sites. Rabbit survival was determined by radio-tracking.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)