Abstract # 42:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2010 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 11 (Medallion Ballroom C/D/E/F) Poster Presentation


CALORIC AND WATER INTAKE IN CAPTIVE GARNETT'S BUSHBABIES (OTOLEMUR GARNETTII)

K. D. Edens1, D. B. Hanbury1, D. A. Bunch1, C. E. Legg1, M. B. Fontenot2 and S. L. Watson1
1University of Southern Mississippi, 118 College Drive, Box 2025, Hattiesburg, MS 39402, USA, 2New Iberia Primate Research Center
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Accurate data on feeding behaviors are important for fiscal planning as well as for establishing baseline dietary values for experimental protocols. Although prosimians are maintained in zoological collections and laboratories, little has been published about their required intake of commercially formulated feed. This study investigated the daily food and water consumption in a captive colony of bushbabies. Fifteen healthy, non-pregnant adults (aged 2-12 yrs.; M=8, F=7) were habituated to the experimental condition for at least 7 days and then observed for a period of 7 days. During the study subjects were single housed and permitted ad libitum access to Purina Hi-Pro monkey chow and water. Food and water intake were measured daily. As expected, daily food and water consumption were positively correlated [r=0.94, P<0.001]. Age was negatively correlated with both daily food [r=-0.65; P<0.01] and water consumption [r=-0.61, P=0.02]. The bushbabies consumed 0.05 grams of chow/gram body weight/day, which resulted in an intake of 0.21 kcal/gram body weight/day. Males weighed more than females [t(13)=3.6, P<0.01], but there was no sex difference in food consumption. Water consumption averaged 0.13 mL/gram body weight/day and also did not differ by sex. These data are consistent with known caloric intake for old and new world primates and provide baseline data for calculating nutritional needs.