Nutrient composition of selected tropical browse species fed to zoo animals in Hawaii
Wilkemeyer CA, Carpenter JR. 2001. Nutrient composition of selected tropical browse species fed to zoo animals in Hawaii. In Edwards M, Lisi KJ, Schlegel ML, Bray RE, Eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Lake Buena Vista, FL.
The objective of this project was to determine the nutrient composition of selected browse species available and fed at the Honolulu Zoo in Hawaii, and to facilitate their use in more balanced zoo rations there and at other tropically located zoos. Samples of 26 different materials including; apple banana, areca palm, hula bamboo, golden bamboo, cape honeysuckle, coral hibiscus, dwarf elephant grass, ohai ali’i, edible hibiscus, elephant grass, hau, ivy gourd, loulu, black mulberry, opiuma, papyrus, pink hibiscus, pothos, sugarcane, thornless kiawe, and viu were obtained and various portions analyzed for nutrient composition and energy density. Feedstuffs were grouped and categorized based on crude protein content: < 9.0%, > 9.0% <14.0%, or > 14.0%. Nutrient compositions varied significantly (P < 0.05) between plant species and plant portion/component sampled.Wilkemeyer – Nutriient Composition Of Selected Tropical Browse Species Fed To Zoo Animals In Hawaii.pdf     3 MB