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Comparative Digestibility Values in Four Species of Felidae
Janna E. Wynne
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Vol. 20, No. 1, Nutrition Issue (Mar., 1989), pp. 53-56
Published by: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20094917
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Four African lions (Panthera leo), four tigers (Panthera tigris), four puma (Felis concolor), and four leopards (Panthera pardus), with two males and two females of each species, were fed a premixed commercial diet. Amounts fed were limited and controlled, and feces were collected over 5 days. Proximate analyses were performed on the diet and feces to determine digestibility of ether extract, crude protein, crude fiber, and nitrogen-free extract. No significant differences (P > 0.05) were found among species or between sexes. It was concluded that the lack of significant differences in digestibility supports the assumption that a single diet may meet the needs of different species of Felidae.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine © 1989 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians