|Author(s)||J. Hummel, W. Zimmermann, T. Langenhorst, G. Schleussner, M. Damen and M. Clauss|
|Journal||European Association of Zoo- and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)|
Problems of the locomotory system (like overgrown hooves, laminitis or joint problems) have been reported from the EEP giraffe population. To evaluate relevant husbandry practices and frequency of the problem, a survey was done covering EEP institutions (response to the questionnaire from 70 institutions representing 74 individually managed groups). 40 of the 74 groups reported that cases of problems of the locomotory system had occurred in their animals. Animals older than 8 years seemed to have a higher probability to develop such problems. Giraffe were generally kept on concrete (69%) or asphalt (16%) floors. Being known as demanding animals to feed, giraffe were offered considerable amounts of nonforage feeds. An influence on the occurrence of laminitis is therefore possible. Based on studies on dairy cattle, indoor sections with softer floor surfaces should be considered as a viable option for facilities were problems have occurred repeatedly.
Keywords: Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, Floor surface, Overgrowth, Laminitis, Feeding
Authors: J. Hummel, W. Zimmermann, T. Langenhorst, G. Schleussner, M. Damen and M. Clauss
Journal: European Association of Zoo- and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)