Body Scoring System for Captive Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)

Author(s)Celeste C. Kearney, BS and Ray L. Ball, DVM
Year Published2001
JournalAAZV Conference Proceedings
Page Numbers358-359
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Peracute mortality syndrome of captive giraffe as previously defined may progress to a chronic wasting condition if certain conditions are met, the most notable condition being a lack of cold stress. At the present time there is no established method of evaluating muscling, fat, and overall body condition of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). Such a scoring system in conjunction with serum chemistries, exocrine hormones, and body weights will allow for further investigation into peracute mortality syndrome/chronic wasting, a condition which we believe to be caused by an energy deficiency. The purpose of this project is to develop a standardized body scoring system that will assist zoologic staff in evaluating the condition of animals under their care. In some instances it may be the only feasible means for objectively evaluating these animals if physical limitations prohibit routine blood collection and body weights.

Key Words: Peracute mortality syndrome, body condition score, giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, captive management

Authors: Celeste C. Kearney, BS and Ray L. Ball, DVM

Journal: 2001 AAZV Conference Proceedings

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