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Clauss, M; Wang, Y; Ghebremeskel, K; Lendl, C E; Streich, W J (2003). Plasma and erythrocyte fatty acids in captive Asian (Elephas maximus) and African (Loxodonta africana) elephants. Veterinary Record, 153(2):54-58.

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Abstract

The fatty acid components of the plasma triglycerides and the phospholipid fractions of the red blood cells of a captive group of two African (Loxodonta africana) and four Asian (Elephas maximus) elephants were investigated. All the animals received the same diet of hay, fruits and vegetables, and concentrates. A comparison with data from free-ranging African elephants or Asian work-camp elephants showed that the captive elephants had lower proportions of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), and for several lipid fractions a higher n-6:n-3 ratio, than their counterparts in the wild or under the more natural, in terms of diet, work-camp conditions. The difference in PUFA content was smaller in the African than in the Asian elephants. The captive Asian elephants tended to have lower levels of n-3 and total unsaturated fatty acids in their red blood cells than the captive African elephants.

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
Date:2003
Deposited On:28 Apr 2008 15:22
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 22:20
Publisher:British Veterinary Association
ISSN:0042-4900
Publisher DOI:10.1136/vr.153.2.54
Official URL:http://veterinaryrecord.bvapublications.com/cgi/content/abstract/153/2/54
PubMed ID:12885214
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 3
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Scopus®. Citation Count: 5

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