n African Zoology - African buffalo diet in a woodland and bush-dominated biome as determined by stable isotope analysis : short communication - : short communication

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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We examined the importance of browse and grazing in the diet of 28 African buffalo <I>Syncerus caffer&lt;/I&gt; from Chobe National Park, Botswana, through analysis of stable isotope ratios of tooth collagen. Carbon isotope levels indicated that the assimilated diet was wholly dominated by grasses. Variations in nitrogen isotope values were consistent with variation in individual <SPAN lang=AF style="FONT-FAMILY: Symbol; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-char-type: symbol; mso-symbol-font-family: Symbol"><SPAN style="mso-char-type: symbol; mso-symbol-font: Symbol">d</SPAN></SPAN><sup>13</sup>C values being due to variations in the small proportion of non-grasses in the diet. There were no significant sex differences in diet.

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