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Nutritional and behavioral effects of gorge and fast feeding in captive lions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16004544     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nonhuman animals in captivity manifest behaviors and physiological conditions that are not common in the wild. Lions in captivity face problems of obesity, inactivity, and stereotypy. To mediate common problems of captive lions, this study implemented a gorge and fast feeding schedule that better models naturalistic patterns: African lions (Panthera leo) gradually adapted from a conventional feeding program to a random gorge and fast feeding schedule. Digestibility increased significantly and food intake and metabolizable energy intake correspondingly decreased. Lions also showed an increase in appetitive active behaviors, no increase in agonistic behavior, and paced half as frequently on fast days as on feeding days. Thus, switching captive lions to a gorge and fast feeding schedule resulted in improved nutritional status and increased activity.
Joanne D Altman; Kathy L Gross; Stephen R Lowry
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied animal welfare science : JAAWS     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1088-8705     ISO Abbreviation:  J Appl Anim Welf Sci     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-11     Completed Date:  2005-08-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9804404     Medline TA:  J Appl Anim Welf Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Washburn University, Topeka, KS 66621, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Zoo*
Behavior, Animal*
Body Weight
Energy Intake
Feeding Methods / veterinary*
Nutritional Status*

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