A Comparison of Husbandry, Feed Intake and Cause of Death of Captive Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) in the United Kingdom

Author(s)Rose, P & Clauss, M
Year Published2006
JournalBIAZA Research Newsletter
Page Numbers4-5
Size137.80 KB

Giraffe are known to be subject to many behavioural abnormalities in captivity that are linked with inferior nutrition and a lack of stimulus to travel and browse (Baxter & Plowman, 2001). A combination of hay with compounded feeds does not adequately replicate the wild diet (Baxter & Plowman, 2001). As a consequence of a substandard diet, pathological changes can occur in the animal which may lead to ‘peracute mortality syndrome,’ particularly when combined with additional stresses (Fowler, 1977; Junge & Bradley, 1993)

Key Words: Giraffe, nutrition, peracute mortality syndrome, behavioral abnormalities

Authors: Rose, P & Clauss, M

Journal: BIAZA Research Newsletter 

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