Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition

Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition

2nd Edition - October 14, 1992

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  • Author: Charles T. Robbins
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258843

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Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition fills a serious gap in the wildlife and animal nutrition literature by providing a discussion of the basic principles of nutrition and their application to the broader field of wildlife ecology. This book is based on lectures presented in an upper-level wildlife nutrition course taught at Washington State University. The book opens with an introductory chapter on wildlife nutrition. This is followed by separate chapters on general nutrient and energy requirements; protein, water, vitamin, and mineral requirements; impact of nutrition on reproductive characteristics; gastrointestinal anatomy and function; and digestion and nutrient metabolism. The text will be invaluable to wildlife biologists, to those who are interested in captive animal nutrition and management, and to those who are interested in improving the feed supply and nutrition of free-ranging wildlife. It should also be helpful to undergraduate and graduate students as well as teachers of biology and wildlife management. The book will be a useful reference for all who are interested and concerned with wildlife throughout the world.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    1 Introduction

    2 General Nutrient and Energy Requirements

    3 Protein

    4 Water

    5 Minerals

    I. Macroelements

    II. Trace Elements

    III. Conclusions


    6 Vitamins

    I. Fat-Soluble Vitamins

    II. Water-Soluble Vitamins

    III. Conclusions


    7 Estimation of Energy and Protein Requirements

    I. Introduction

    II. Energy Expenditure for Maintenance


    8 Protein Requirements for Maintenance

    I. Dietary Protein Concentration Requirements for Captive Wildlife

    II. Factorial Estimate of Nitrogen Requirements for Maintenance


    9 Reproductive Costs

    I. Birds

    II. Mammals


    10 Productive Costs

    I. Body Growth

    II. Pelage and Plumage

    III. Antlers

    IV. Disease and Injury


    11 Food Resources and Their Utilization

    I. Food Composition

    II. Protective and Defensive Agents

    III. Energy Content

    IV. Analytical Methods for Plant Fiber


    12 Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Function

    I. Buccal Cavity

    II. Avian Crop and Esophagus

    III. Stomach

    IV. Small Intestine

    V. Cecum

    VI. Large Intestine


    13 Digestion and Nutrient Metabolism

    I. Digestion

    II. Metabolism of Absorbed Nutrients


    14 Food Intake Regulation

    I. Physiological Regulation

    II. Physical Regulation

    III. Synthesis: Intake Regulation

    IV. Foraging Strategies


    15 Computer Models of the Nutritional Interaction


Product details

  • No. of pages: 366
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1992
  • Published: October 14, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483258843

About the Author

Charles T. Robbins

About the Editor

Tony J. Cunha

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