Digestive efficiency and passage rate in two propithecus species fed in a captive diet

Citation

Campbell JL, Eisemann JH, Glander KL, Crissey SD. 1997. Digestive efficiency and passage rate in two propithecus species fed in a captive diet. In Proceedings of the Second Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Fort Worth, TX.

Abstract

The objective was to measure dry matter intake(DMI), digestibility, transit time (TT) and mean retention time (MRT) in captive P. v. coquereli (n=5, 3.7 ( 0.3kg) and P. tattersalli (n=2, 3.2 ( 0.03kg) while being fed a diet consisting of Mazuri Leafeater Primate Chow at 85% of DMI and sumac (Rhus copallina) at 15% of DMI. After a six-week diet acclimation phase, the digestibility phase consisted of a seven-day adjustment period in the experimental caging, followed by a seven-day total collection period.

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