Okapi Nutrition

North American and European okapi nutrition advisors collected information on and compared okapi diets fed in North American and European zoos. The data also were compared with available data from studies of captive okapi offered natural food items in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). Based on these findings and other information described in that paper, recommendations for feeding...

Diets for Micronesian Kingfisher Halcyon c. cinnamomina

Due to the rapid decline of the Micronesian kingfisher on Guam, little information on their nutritional needs was gathered prior to the establishment of a captive population. Although it is essential to develop appropriate dietary guidelines which meet the nutritional needs of the Micronesian kingfisher, additional information on their natural feeding behavior can no longer be obtained now that the...

The Care and Management of Chimpanzees in Captive Environments

Chimpanzee diets in captivity have changed dramatically over the course of the last 90+ years. The lack of adequate foods to meet the nutritional needs of the species was a major contributing factor to chimpanzee mortality in the early years of zoo management. The development of what was thought to be a nutritionally complete primate diet, or monkey chow, has...

Nutrition Chapter in the Cheetah Species Survival Plan – Husbandry Manual

Unique nutritional requirements of felids must be recognized in feeding captive cheetahs, including the need for high protein and fat diets, inclusion of dietary vitamin A (as retinol), arachidonic acid, taurine, and niacin. General reviews of felid nutrition (Scott, 1968; MacDonald et al., 1984) provide indirect evidence that the domestic cat remains the best model for establishing dietary composition parameters...