Scientific name

Pedetes capensis


3 to 4 kilograms (6 to 9 pounds)


35 to 45 centimeters in length (13 to 18 inches)

Life span

Up to 13 years in captivity


Dry savannas


2 to 3 months


Serval cats, caracals, wild cats, genets, mongooses, ratels, jackals, large owls

Native to
African countries
Listed in
as 'vulnerable'
Concentrations of
springhares are common
Spring Hare


The springhare is losing living space.

Human settlement, ranching, and fencing of land results in the loss of critical habitat for the hares.

They are often killed as pests.

As human settlement and agriculture expand and encroach on springhares’ habitats, hares may take to crop raiding and eat sweet potatoes, groundnuts, pumpkins, and the shoots of maize and wheat. In those cases, snaring and shooting can cause localized population depletion. 


Our solutions to protecting the springhare:

Provide agricultural training.

African Wildlife Foundation engages communities living near wildlife to create sustainable practices for agricultural and settlement growth by providing training on best practices and incentivizing conservation agriculture when appropriate. This helps increase agricultural and economic productivity while minimizing the land used for agriculture, giving wildlife more space to live.

Use technology to foster conservation.

AWF uses technology to identify critical landscapes in need of intervention and then set sustainable development plans that will both improve the lives of people and protect wildlife. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we used Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and satellite images to determine what forest areas have been disturbed due to human activity.

Spring Hare
Spring Hare


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