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Thesis title: Using Nutritional Ecology (Native Ingredients and Chemical Composition) of the Javan Slow Loris to Improve Captive Feeding Husbandry
Start year: 2014
Slow lorises are held in more than 60 accredited zoological institutions in North America and in Europe, with their numbers in the hundreds in Asian zoos and rescue centres. The captive populations lack evidence based guidelines which has led to inadequate diets. This is directly linked to the plethora of health problems captive lorises are afflicted with. This problem is also present in all Asian rescue centres where not only lack of guidelines, but resources is also an issue. This project will enable the production of nutrient recommendations for slow loris species, as well as guidelines to create the ideal captive diet for zoos and for rescue centres (including many local and affordable ingredients). Diets of wild free ranging slow lorises will be qualified and quantified which will allow for average nutrient intakes to be calculated. These nutrient targets will be used as a framework to create diets. Validation of these nutrient targets will occur in rescue centres in Southeast Asia, and will include monitoring digestibility, mean gut retention and transit times, gut microbiome, behaviour, nutrient intake and food preference.
Nutrition, Captive Care, Prosimian, Zoo, Captive Care, Exudate, Gut Microbiome
Zoo nutrition, primates, nutritional geometry, food preference, captive care, nutritional wisdom, hornbill nutrition, gut microbiome, rescue centre management, myrmecophage nutrition, animal husbandry, metabolism, digestive physiology, dentition