The wild rabbits
Seeing a small young wild rabbit bouncing merrily around is not an unusual sight on the island. Endelave is often referred to as the “Rabbit Island”. Since the late 1920s, the island has had a population of wild rabbits.
The rabbits are light brown. You can tell the difference between a hare and a rabbit, as the rabbit is smaller and has shorter ears. The hare also has black ear tips and much longer hind legs. The breeding season begins in February. During the 10 months of the year they breed, they can have between three to four litters with two to eight rabbits in each.
From 100 to 15,000 rabbits
The population varies greatly from year to year from a few 100 and up to about 15,000 rabbits. If the population becomes too large, it often regulates itself through diseases.
Endelave is also a popular destination for hunters. You are allowed to shoot the rabbits from September 1 to February 1. Annually, approx. 5-6,000 rabbits are killed on the island.
On horseback or wheels
You can also hire a bicycle at Endelave Grill & Café at the harbour in Endelave.
In Endelave town, you will find many old half-timbered houses, especially near the village pond. Here there is, among other things, a convenience store and several cosy places to eat.
At the Medicinal Herb Garden, where organic herbs, medicinal plants and flowers are grown, you can enjoy a good lunch, as well as coffee, tea and delicious ice cream.