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Almost every continent on Earth is home to a tenacious family of creatures so adorable that it rarely gets the respect it deserves.

Rabbits and hares are best known for sporting pocket watches and velveteen coats as beloved storybook characters, and for their impressive ability to procreate.

But if you delve deeper, you’ll see that real rabbits and hares are far more fascinating than you ever imagined.

These keystone species play a vital role in ecosystems from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts of Arizona to the northern reaches of Canada’s frozen boreal forest to the concrete jungle of downtown Chicago.

There are more than 60 different kinds of wild rabbits and hares, but despite their remarkable ability to reproduce, many species are actually in danger of being eradicated.

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In Remarkable Rabbits, we’ll explore the close relationships rabbits and hares have with the landscapes they call home. We’ll learn how hares are more than just a rabbit of another colour, and we’ll take to the water to learn how the swamp rabbit — the Michael Phelps of the rabbit world — has managed to survive in its ever-changing environment.

We’ll also join scientists in the field as they work tirelessly to save native rabbit species from the brink of extinction and reveal groundbreaking new discoveries about how snowshoe hares — the seemingly vulnerable balls of fur that are on many animals’ dinner menus — turn the tables on their predators and control the game.

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Remarkable Rabbits challenges the common misconception that the world is awash with bunnies, as we explore the threats rabbits and hares face in the wild, from habitat loss to climate change.

But it also shows why, even though their numbers are down, we shouldn’t count these important and underrated animals out. For it’s the rabbits and hares that can adapt, the ones that can move and change with the times, that may prove themselves to be the ultimate survivors.

Credits (Click to expand)

REMARKABLE RABBITS

Producer/Director
SUSAN FLEMING

Director of Photography
JOSHUA J. SEE

Additional Cinematography
HUGO KITCHING
KEITH BRUST

Aerial Cinematography
JOSHUA J. SEE

Production Manager
GRAHAM DUGGAN

Camera Assistants
RYAN DURACK
CAITLIN McMANUS
MICHAEL LAING-FRASER

Sound Recordists
JOSHUA J. SEE
PETER SAWADE
HUGO KITCHING

Editor
ROBERT SWARTZ

Original Music
JUSTIN SMALL and OHAD BENCHETRIT

Graphic Artist
MARK ALBERTS

Writer
SUSAN FLEMING

Researcher
GRAHAM DUGGAN
DAVID MORTIN
GINA CALI

Wrangler
JAMES DUNCAN

Bookkeepers
SHARYN McMAHON
DANIA KANNAN

Editing Assistant
NIRAJ PATEL
HELENA ESCALLóN

On-line Editor
ARTHUR DITNER

Colourist
JIM FLEMING

Assistant Online Editor
KALI RAIGH

Junior Online Editor
DAVID FIORENTINO

Supervising FX Editors
JANE TATTERSALL
BRENT PICKETT

Dialogue Editor
SUE CONLEY

Re-Recording Mixer
LOU SOLAKOFSKI

Assistant Re-Recording Mixer
JESSE FELLOWS

Foley Artists
GORO KYOYAMA
SANDRA FOX
MARILEE YORSTON
ANDY MALCOLM

Foley Recording Mixers
JACK HEEREN
KEVIN SCHULTZ

Foley editor
CHELSEA BODY

Scientific Advisor
JOHN LITVATIS, Emeritus Prof. Wildlife Ecology
University of New Hampshire

Script Editor
DAVID MORTIN

Executive Producer
SUSAN FLEMING

FILMED ON LOCATION at:
Kluane Lake Research Station, Yukon, Canada
Squirrel Camp Research Project, Kluane Red Squirrel Project, Yukon, Canada
Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA
The Chicago Park District’s Maggie Daley Park, Chicago, USA
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, Puxico, MO, USA
Duck Creek Conservation Area (Missouri Dept. of Conservation) Puxico, MO,USA
Shelter of the Scorpions, Baja California, Mexico
Billesley Manor Hotel, Billesley UK
Town of Canmore, Alberta, Canada
American Rabbit Breeders Assoc. 2018 National Convention, West-Springfield Mass. USA
Great Bay Wildlife Refuge, New Hampshire, USA
Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Music Rights Clearance
ANN MAYALL

“All I Really Want To Do" (Live at Philharmonic Hall, New York, NY - October 1964)
written by Bob Dylan
courtesy Special Rider Music (SESAC)
performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment

“Flower Duet”
written by Leo Delibes and Paul Pritchard, courtesy of APM Music.

“Bach Cello Suite #1 and 2” written by J.S. Bach performed by Cellist Sarah Cupit

Images of rabbits underground provided courtesy of Robert Macgregor
Images of the Sonoran Desert provided courtesy of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Images of protest in Canmore, Alberta provided courtesy of Tiffany Meyer

Special Thanks to the following for their important contribution to the project:
Yasmine Majchrzak
Michael Peers
All the folks at Squirrel Camp
Henry & Michelle Penn
Bob O'Neill and the Grant Park Conservancy
McGee Creek Outfitters
Michael Plunkett, Duck Creek Conservation Area
Nicole Walker, Duck Creek Conservation Area
Bruce Henry, Missouri Dept of Conservation
Brad Pendley, Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
Steve Brown
Toronto Public Library, Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books

Produced in association with

THE CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

and

THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET, PBS and CPB

Produced with the participation of

CANADA MEDIA FUND

ROGERS TELEFUND

ROGERS DOCUMENTARY FUND

And with the participation of

CANADIAN FILM OR VIDEO PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT

and

ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION FILM AND TELEVISION TAX CREDITS

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS

For the CBC:

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto
Executive Director, Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman
Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld
Senior Director of Production, Unscripted content
Alexandra Lane
Wildlife Film Consultant
Caroline Underwood
Executive in Charge of Production
Sue Dando

For PBS:

Executive Producer for NATURE
Fred Kaufman
Executive in Charge of Production for NATURE
Bill Murphy

The Nature of Things

with David Suzuki
Produced by
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
cbc.ca/natureofthings
Produced by
Remarkable Rabbits Inc. ©2019

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