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Energy and mineral nutrition and water intake in the captive Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

Marcus Clauss UGent, Carmen Polster, Ellen Kienzle, Henning Wiesner, Katrin Baumgartner, Friedericke von Houwald, W Jürgen Streich and Ellen Dierenfeld (2005) ZOO BIOLOGY. 24(1). p.1-14
abstract
In the captive Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), two disease complexes with a high incidence-chronic foot problems and uterine leiomyomas-may be linked to excess body weight (BW). In this study, intake and digestion trials were conducted (by means of 7-day weigh-backs, and 5-day total fecal collections, respectively) with I I Indian rhinoceroses at four zoological institutions in Europe and the United States to quantify energy and mineral nutrition on conventional or roughage-only diets. Diets comprising a variety of forages (grass hay only, a combination of grass hay and grass silage, straw, or a mixture of grass and legume hay) were offered as the roughage source, along with various concentrates, produce, and supplements. Water intake was quantified, and urine samples were obtained opportunistically. The animals consumed 0.5-1.1% of their BW in dry matter (DM) daily, with calculated digestible energy (DE, in megajoules MJ) values ranging from 0.27 to 0.99 MJ DE/kg BW0.75/day compared to an estimated requirement of 0.49-0.66 MJ DE/kg BW0.75/day. Seven of 11 rhinos (64%) fed restricted levels of concentrate plus forage consumed DE in excess of this estimate. Even on roughage-only diets, some individuals consumed energy well above the presumed metabolic requirements. Hence, restriction of both concentrates and roughage may be important for weight management in this species. Water intake ranged from 30 to 49 mL/kg BW daily (3.4-5.2 L/kg ingested DM), similar to values that have been reported for domestic equids. Excretion amounts and patterns also resembled those found in horses. Endogenous fecal losses measured for Ca, P, Cu, Fe, and Zn indicate that the maintenance requirements of these minerals should be met in Indian rhinoceroses by diets that meet recommendations for domestic horses. It is particularly important to evaluate dietary adequacy in mineral nutrition in this species in concert with the need for restricted energy intake, especially with regard to the hypothetical involvement of a low Zn supply in chronic foot problems.
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REQUIREMENTS, ANIMALS, DIGESTIBILITIES, FORAGE, UROLITHIASIS, PONIES, BODY WEIGHTS, GROWING HORSES, ASIAN ELEPHANTS, CALCIUM-METABOLISM, zinc, minerals, energy, obesity, health, diet, perissodactyla, rhinoceros
journal title
ZOO BIOLOGY
Zoo Biol.
volume
24
issue
1
pages
1 - 14
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000227448400001
JCR category
VETERINARY SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
0.471 (2005)
JCR rank
72/129 (2005)
JCR quartile
3 (2005)
ISSN
0733-3188
DOI
10.1002/zoo.20032
language
English
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no
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A1
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684477
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-684477
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2009-06-09 10:29:53
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2009-10-01 15:02:20
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  author       = {Clauss, Marcus and Polster, Carmen and Kienzle, Ellen and Wiesner, Henning and Baumgartner, Katrin and von Houwald, Friedericke and Streich, W J{\"u}rgen and Dierenfeld, Ellen},
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  journal      = {ZOO BIOLOGY},
  keyword      = {REQUIREMENTS,ANIMALS,DIGESTIBILITIES,FORAGE,UROLITHIASIS,PONIES,BODY WEIGHTS,GROWING HORSES,ASIAN ELEPHANTS,CALCIUM-METABOLISM,zinc,minerals,energy,obesity,health,diet,perissodactyla,rhinoceros},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
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  title        = {Energy and mineral nutrition and water intake in the captive Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/zoo.20032},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2005},
}

Chicago
Clauss, Marcus, Carmen Polster, Ellen Kienzle, Henning Wiesner, Katrin Baumgartner, Friedericke von Houwald, W Jürgen Streich, and Ellen Dierenfeld. 2005. “Energy and Mineral Nutrition and Water Intake in the Captive Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis).” Zoo Biology 24 (1): 1–14.
APA
Clauss, M., Polster, C., Kienzle, E., Wiesner, H., Baumgartner, K., von Houwald, F., Streich, W. J., et al. (2005). Energy and mineral nutrition and water intake in the captive Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). ZOO BIOLOGY, 24(1), 1–14.
Vancouver
1.
Clauss M, Polster C, Kienzle E, Wiesner H, Baumgartner K, von Houwald F, et al. Energy and mineral nutrition and water intake in the captive Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). ZOO BIOLOGY. 2005;24(1):1–14.
MLA
Clauss, Marcus, Carmen Polster, Ellen Kienzle, et al. “Energy and Mineral Nutrition and Water Intake in the Captive Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis).” ZOO BIOLOGY 24.1 (2005): 1–14. Print.