Lower Keys Rabbits

Xavier Cortada, \“(Florida is…) Lower Keys Rabbits,\” archival ink on aluminum, 60\″ x 40\”, 2016
Xavier Cortada, “(Florida is…) Lower Keys Rabbits,” archival ink on aluminum, 60″ x 40”, 2016.

The main threats to the Lower Keys rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri) is habitat destruction and fragmentation.  Invasive vegetation decreases available food for the rabbit by out-competing the native vegetation that rabbits feed on.  Rabbits are also threatened by sea level rise from global climate change.  As ground nesters, a dramatic rise in sea level would inundate their habitat and nesting areas.

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