|Journal||South African Journal of Animal Science|
Food preferences and food selection by giraffe have been extensively investigated but little data concerning the chemical composition of the preferred species are available. The aim of the present study was to determine whether the differences and seasonal changes in the chemical composition of the leaves of preferred food plants influence food selection. Protein content and moisture seem to be the important fractions that influence food selection most when evaluating this food selection criterion.
Keywords: Food preference, giraffe, seasonal utilization, chemical composition, crude protein, moisture
Author: J.J.C. Sauer
Journal: South African Journal of Animal Science