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Individual study: Nutrition of captive cheetahs: food composition and blood parameters

Published source details

Dierenfeld E.S. (1993) Nutrition of captive cheetahs: food composition and blood parameters. Zoo Biology, 12, 143-150


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Carnivores: Feed commercially prepared diets Management of Captive Animals

A study in 1988 of cheetahs Acinonyx jubatus in 13 institutions in the USA found that when fed commercial food (supplemented minced meat products) or whole chicken carcasses, plasma a-tocopherol, retinol and taurine concentrations were within ranges recommended for domestic cats. Seven of 13 facilities maintained one fasting day per week, one had two fasting days per week and the others fed cheetahs daily. Thirteen facilities within the USA were surveyed for diet quantity, feeding schedule, dietary changes during lactation and body mass/condition. This was in conjunction with chemical analysis of 19 diet samples fed as well as blood analysis of 88 cheetahs across the facilities.