• An inexpensive and open-source method to study large terrestrial animal diet and behaviour using time-lapse video and GPS

      de la Rosa, Carlos A. (2019)
      The behaviour of free-ranging animals is difficult to study, especially on the large spatial and temporal scales relevant to long-lived large species. Animal-borne video and environmental data collection systems (AVEDs) record behaviour and other data in real time as animals conduct daily activities....
    • Estrogenicity of captive southern white rhinoceros diets and their association with fertility

      Tubbs, Christopher W.; Moley, Laura A.; Ivy, Jamie A.; Metrione, Lara C.; LaClaire, Sydney; Felton, Rachel G.; Durrant, Barbara S.; Milnes, Matthew R. (2016)
      …In this study, we investigate the role of dietary phytoestrogens in this reproductive phenomenon by characterizing activation of southern white rhinoceros (SWR) estrogen receptors (ESRs) 1 and 2 by diet items from nine North American institutions and comparing female SWR fertility to total diet estrogenicity. Of the diet items tested, alfalfa hay and soy and alfalfa-based commercial pellets were found to be the most potent activators of SWR ESRs.…
    • Fat-soluble vitamin and mineral comparisons between zoo-based and free-ranging koalas (phascolarctos cinereus)

      Schmidt, Debra A.; Pye, Geoffrey W.; Hamlin-Andrus, Chris C.; Ellis, William A.; Ellersieck, Mark R.; Chen, Tai C.; Holick, Michael F. (2013)
      As part of a health investigation on koalas at San Diego Zoo, serum samples were analyzed from 18 free-ranging and 22 zoo-based koalas, Phascolarctos cinereus. Serum concentrations of calcium, chloride, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins A, E, and 25(OH)D3 were quantified....
    • Lost iguanas: Trouble in paradise

      Pasachnik, Stesha A.; Carreras De Leon, R. (2014)
      Hispaniola is second only to Cuba in size and biodiversity among West Indian islands, and is unique in being the only island with two native species of Rock Iguanas, the Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta; Fig. 1) and Ricord’s Iguana (C. ricordii). The island’s geologic history is likely responsible. Hispaniola was formed during the middle Miocene when North and South paleoislands joined (Graham 2003). A logical hypothesis suggests that each paleoisland held one species, and when the two islands joined, the ranges of both species shifted, eventually resulting in the distributions seen today. Cyclura ricordii is restricted to the southwestern Dominican Republic (DR) and just across the southern border into Haiti, whereas C. cornuta has a larger distribution throughout much of the arid lowlands across the entire island.
    • Reconsidering the use of soy and alfalfa in southern white rhinoceros diets

      Tubbs, Christopher W.; Durrant, Barbara S.; Milnes, Matthew R. (2017)
      The captive southern white rhinoceros (SWR) population is not currently self-sustaining due to the reproductive failure of captive-born females. Our research into this phenomenon points to chemicals produced by plants common to captive diets, such as soy and alfalfa, as possible causes...
    • Systemic effects of Leucaena leucocephala ingestion on ringtailed lemurs (Lemur catta) at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar

      Crawford, Graham; Puschner, Birgit; Affolter, Verena; Stalis, Ilse H.; Davidson, Autumn; Baker, Tomas; Tahara, John; Jolly, Alison; Ostapak, Susan (2015)
      …In Berenty, a seasonal syndrome of alopecia in ringtailed lemurs (Lemur catta) is associated with eating leucaena…. The primary conservation consequence of leucaena ingestion at Berenty may be increased infant mortality due to the infants' inability cling to their alopecic mothers….