Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780125893824, 9781483258843

Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition

2nd Edition

Authors: Charles T. Robbins
Editors: Tony J. Cunha
eBook ISBN: 9781483258843
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th October 1992
Page Count: 366
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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



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



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About the Author

Charles T. Robbins

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Tony J. Cunha

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