It only recently became known to Western scientists: striped rabbits were first observed in 1996 by biologist Rob Timmins in a market in Bak Lak in Laos, and the species was described in 2000 and named after Timmins’ find.

Annamite striped rabbits are very similar in appearance to their sister species Sumatran striped rabbits. They have gray hair with seven dorsal stripes on the head and body that are black or dark brown in color. Striped rabbits have reddish-brown rumps, and body length ranges from 350 to 400 mm. Compared to members of the genus Lepus, striped rabbits have relatively short ears, tails and limbs; ear length of Nesolagus is half that of Lepus.

They are estimated to have only about 100-200 individuals and are in danger of extinction.

Sumatran striped rabbit

Its range of activities includes the North and Central Annamite Range, and possibly the South Annamite Range. In mid-2021, this species was found in Da Lat, which is about 400 km from their long-lived area.

They are found in the protected areas of Phong Nha-Ke Bang, Nakai–Nam Theun and Umat National Parks.

They are currently classified as Endangered Species on the IUCN Red List, with threats from hunting, trapping, and habitat loss making them more vulnerable to hunting.

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