Penguins: nutrition and dietary husbandry


Slifka KA, Crissey SD, McGill P. 2001,2002. Penguins: nutrition and dietary husbandry.  In Nutrition Advisory Group Handbook Fact Sheet 012


Provision of nutritional, behavioral, and environmental requirements is basic to the successful maintenance and reproduction of captive penguins. The following guidelines for nutrient intake and dietary husbandry were developed from studies of natural feeding ecology, published nutrient requirements of related species, information on potential penguin foods and their nutrient composition, and evidence of food preferences. Penguin foods are perishable and particularly susceptible to loss of thiamin and vitamin E. Therefore, suggestions for storage, handling, and supplementation are provided. Feeding methods are discussed, and calculated energy and nutrient concentrations in an example diet are presented.

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