Assam Rabbit (Hispid Hare) Caprolagus hispidus

Assam Rabbit (Hispid Hare) Caprolagus hispidus #Boycott4Wildlife

Assam Rabbit (Hispid Hare) Caprolagus hispidus


Extant (resident)

Bhutan; India (West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam); Nepal

Presence Uncertain

Bangladesh; India (Madhya Pradesh, Bihar)

Shy, solitary and wary Hispid hares are most active during dawn and dusk. They often take shelter from predation in tall grasses and the burrows of other animals. They are endangered by multiple human-related threats including palm oil deforestation in the Assam region of India and they also hold to survival in Bhutan and Nepal.

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Appearance & Behaviour

A medium sized hare, they are typically 47 cm in height, with males being slightly smaller than females. Females weigh an average of 2.5kg, with pregnant females weighing an average of 3.2kg. They possess a bristly haired coat with a dark brown and black back and a creamy white abdomen. This enables them ample camouflage in a grassland environment.


The primary threat to Hispid Hare populations is habitat loss, caused by encroaching agriculture, logging, summer flooding, and human development (Bell et al. 1990). 


The Indian Hare faces multiple anthropogenic threats including:

  • Palm oil expansion: A significant part of their range is earmarked for destruction for palm oil.
  • Climate change: extreme weather, fire and flooding as a result of climate change
  • Livestock grazing and other agricultural expansion.
  • Competition with other animals for food in a shrinking range.
  • Human persecution.


Hispid hares are found infrequently in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and possibly Bhutan. They live in tall grasslands and during the dry season. These areas are vulnerable to extreme weather events like fires and floods which are exacerbated by climate change. When these areas are under threat, the Hispid hare retreats to marshes and areas close to riverbanks.


Hispid hares are herbivores feeding mainly on roots of grasses, shoots, bark, and occasionally crops.

Mating and breeding

More research is needed to understand the mating and reproductive behaviour of these hares. From limited research, it is understood that they have a small litter size and that they are crepuscular, preferring both dawn and twlight for hunting.

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Further Information

Aryal, A. & Yadav, B. 2019. Caprolagus hispidusThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T3833A45176688. Accessed on 11 November 2022.

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Hispid Hare/ Indian Hare/ Assam Rabbit on Wikipedia

Assam Rabbit (Hispid Hare) hispidus - threats
Assam Rabbit (Hispid Hare) hispidus – threats

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