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Clauss, M; Loehlein, W; Kienzle, E; Wiesner, H (2003). Studies on feed digestibilities in captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 87(3-4):160-73.

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Abstract

In order to test the suitability of the horse as a nutritional model for elephants, digestibility studies were performed with six captive Asian elephants on six different dietary regimes, using the double marker method with acid detergent lignin as an internal and chromium oxide as an external digestibility marker. Elephants resembled horses in the way dietary supplements and dietary crude fibre content influenced digestibility, in calcium absorption parameters and in faecal volatile fatty acid composition. However, the absolute digestibility coefficients achieved for all nutrients are distinctively lower in elephants. This is because of much faster ingesta passage rates reported for elephants. No answer is given to why elephants do not make use of their high digestive potential theoretically provided by their immense body weight. Differences in volatile fatty acid concentrations between these captive elephants and those reported from elephants from the wild are in accord with a reported high dependence of free-ranging elephants on browse forage.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals > Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2003
Deposited On:28 Apr 2008 17:40
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 15:08
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0931-2439
Publisher DOI:10.1046/j.1439-0396.2003.00429.x
PubMed ID:14511142
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