Evaluation of Progesterone Levels in Feces of Captive Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

Author(s)Genevieve A. Dumonceaux, D.V.M., Joan E. Bauman, Ph.D., and Gerardo R. Camilo, Ph.D
Year Published2006
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Page Numbers255-261
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Fresh fecal samples were collected from seven adult female reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata). Samples were collected for several weeks before, during, and for a few weeks after gestation. Fecal samples were analyzed for progesterone levels by radioimmunoassay. There were significant differences in progesterone levels between pregestational and gestational samples and between gestational and postgestational samples. These results demonstrate that fecal progesterone levels are useful in determining pregnant versus nonpregnant reticulated giraffe.

Key words: Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata, progesterone, fecal hormones, progestins.

Authors: Genevieve A. Dumonceaux, D.V.M., Joan E. Bauman, Ph.D., and Gerardo R. Camilo, Ph.D.

Journal: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

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