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Habitat Use, Diet Choice, and Nutritional Status in Female and Male Amboseli Elephants

W. Keith Lindsay

in The Amboseli Elephants

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780226542232
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226542263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226542263.003.0005
Habitat Use, Diet Choice, and Nutritional Status in Female and Male Amboseli Elephants

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Individual ranging patterns and demographic performance of elephants are both strongly influenced by foraging location and success. This chapter describes a study of the time spent feeding and the use of habitats in the Amboseli basin by adult female and male elephants during two years in the mid-1980s (1982–84) in relation to changes across the seasons. Choices between the broad food classes of grass and woody browse are examined in light of the contrasting plant abundance available in a year with higher than average rainfall and in a drought year, as well as differences between the sexes. Estimated intake of two critical nutrients, digestible energy and protein, are compared with calculated requirements for maintaining body condition and investing in offspring.

Keywords: habitat use; diet choice; demographic performance; Amboseli elephants; rainfall; body condition

Chapter.  12974 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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