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Gross assimilation efficiency and food passage time in the African elephant

Rees, PA 1982, 'Gross assimilation efficiency and food passage time in the African elephant' , African Journal of Ecology, 20 (3) , pp. 193-198.

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Abstract

The amount of food consumed and dung voided by two captive African elephants was measured over a period of 7 days. The mean gross assimilation efficiency of the two elephants was calculated to be 22.4%. The food passage time was between 21.4 and 46 h for one elephant. Previous estimates of food consumption by wild elephants, based on an earlier, higher estimate of assimilation efficiency, are considered to be too high and have been recalculated.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: African Journal of Ecology
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0141-6707
Depositing User: PA Rees
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 10:26
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:12
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18058

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