Thursday, April 13, 2017

Have You Met... Lepus Townsendii?

The not so elusive University of Alberta Jackrabbit
Have you met Lepus Townsendii, outdoor enthusiast and eggceptional observer of campus life? Spend the next two minutes getting to know him a little better.

Where is your favourite place on campus?

I'm fond of this one tree in Quad, right behind the Admin building. It's normally pretty quiet - great for napping, staring uneasily at people who try to make eye contact, things like that. Plus there's always something going on in Quad so it's a good place to stay up on what's happening.

Tablet or paper?

I don't take notes, so…

Name one thing you’ve brought to work from home. 

A nervous energy.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Please, leave me alone when I'm sitting in Quad.

If you won airfare to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Easter Island.

You can invite anyone—alive or dead, real or fictional—to dinner. Who would it be?

Elwood P. Dowd. He seems like he'd just get me.

Or, maybe Richard Adams. Maybe.

If you could switch jobs with someone else on campus for a week, what would you do?

I'd like to get behind the counter at the Chopped Leaf in PAW.

What does “uplifting the whole people” mean to you?

It means finding ways to use my talents and knowledge to actively make things better for the whole of the community. If my actions can bring a little cheer to someone, regardless of who they are, even for a moment, then that's a win.

If you could solve any problem in the world, what would it be?

Global warming. Upfront, it sounds pretty noble - we'll all benefit from a healthier environment.... but selfishly, I'd also like to make it through a winter without all the random snow dumps and melts every two weeks or so. I know this is Alberta, but sheesh... I can't switch between my winter and spring coats just like that [snaps].

What 3 words best describe your U of A experience?

Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere.

About Lepus Townsendii

Since arriving on North Campus in 2015, Lepus has been looking over the U of A's greenest spaces. A proponent of natural gardening practices, he can often be found munching on weeds in the flower beds across campus. Also, he's a jackrabbit.

This interview has been heavily edited for length and clarity... because jackrabbits don't talk... or snap.



  1. Hilarious! Thanks for making me smile.

  2. Very Clever and Season appropriate

  3. I know his cousin who lives between Education Centre and St Joseph's Women's residence. His name is Stew.
    I'm not kidding.

  4. This is great, thanks for the interview:) Maybe you'll need to interview Stew now...

  5. Lepus, could you please ask your cousin to stop nibbling on the flowers at the front of my house? Thanks.

  6. SO if you ever interview me, I want to switch jobs with Lepus!

  7. Isn't Lepus technically a "black tip hare"?

  8. So, find out more about what Lepus and his buddies in Edmonton eat by reading this:

    Beaudoin, A. B., and Y. Beaudoin (2012)Urban White-tailed Jackrabbits (Lepus townsendii) Eat Spike Plants (Cordyline australis) in Winter. The Canadian Field-Naturalist 126(2):157-159.

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