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Botanical Composition of Eland and Goat Diets on an Acacia-Grassland Community in Kenya

John C. Nge'The and Thadis W. Box
Journal of Range Management
Vol. 29, No. 4 (Jul., 1976), pp. 290-293
DOI: 10.2307/3897084
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3897084
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Abstract

A study of goat and eland diets on the Kiboko Range Research Station, Kenya, showed that diets of both animal species consisted of leaves from relatively few plant species. Six of the 41 species available consistently provided the bulk of the diets of both goats and elands. Although elands utilized a wide variety of plants, they consumed a larger proportion of grasses than goats. Elands are mixed feeders (grazers and browsers), grazing both during the wet and dry period. The diets of both kinds of animals were more diverse during the growing season (February through May), compared to the dry season (July through October). This reflected the greater variety of available forage during the wet season.

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