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March 30, 2013

Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction

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Niagara Gazette — "It's a conservation priority in our region," said Lou Perrotti, director of conservation programs at the zoo, "so we're happy to be a part of it and will remain committed."

He said the New England cottontail had not previously been bred in captivity, so his staff is "writing the book on husbandry and reproduction of the species."

At a certain point, Perrotti said, the success of conservation efforts comes down to the creatures themselves.

"The old adage 'they breed like rabbits,'" he said, "doesn't always apply."

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