An International Traveling Exhibition of Endangered Species
Dedicated to the Children of the World by Calley O'Neill with Rama the Elephant
AN EPIC JOURNEY OF ART AND SOUL FOR THE EARTH
RAMA: AMBASSADOR FOR THE ENDANGERED ONES
Speaking Passionately on Behalf of Those who Cannot Speak
RETURNING TO THE WILD
RETURNING TO THE WILD - The Oregon Pygmy Rabbit
By Calley O’Neill
The pygmy rabbit is the only burrowing rabbit in the US and one of two in North America. The size of a teacup, at one pound for an adult, this is the world’s smallest rabbit.
They thrive in dense stands of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate) and loose soil, eating mostly sagebrush leaves. Over the last 160 years, sagebrush-covered lands have been converted to agricultural use or ranching. The brush lands were planted to an introduced bunch grass to improve livestock forage. They have been subject to disease, wildfires and predation by raptors, coyotes, and weasels.