Wooly Hare (Lepus oiostolus)


Figure 1: Hare

This species of hare is named for its thick, wooly fur. This robust hare has long hind legs, making it a fast runner. It has long pale to brownish-grey, black-tipped ears and a pale eye-ring. The inner side of its legs, belly and tail are pale to white.

Relevance to snow leopard conservation:
Wooly hare are prey species for snow leopards.

Wooly hares are active during dusk or at night and are generally solitary.

Like other hares, the wooly hare is a herbivore.

Wooly hares live in meadows at elevations between 2,500 and 5,000 m.

Images of hare

These are images from our research cameras that CatCam visitors have identified as containing at least one hare. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image


Ng, J. (2011). “Lepus oiostolus” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 24, 2012 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Lepus_oiostolus.html

Wangchuck, T. (2004). A Field Guide to the Mammals of Bhutan. Thimpu, Bhutan: Royal Government of Bhutan.