Food selection by giraffes in relation to changes in chemical composition of the leaves

Author(s)J.J.C. Sauer
Year Published1983
JournalSouth African Journal of Animal Science
Page Numbers40-43
Size455.13 KB

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

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