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FEEDING PROBLEMS IN HAND-FED SRI LANKAN ELEPHANT CALVES AT THE ELEPHANT TRANSIT HOME AT UDAWALAWE
Journal - Sri Lanka Veterinary Journal (volume: 48(2))
Volume - 48(2)
Year - 2001
Page Number - 5
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FEEDING PROBLEMS IN HAND-FED SRI LANKAN ELEPHANT CALVES AT THE ELEPHANT TRANSIT HOME AT UDAWALAWE

B.A.D.S. Jayawardana, B.V.Sc

Department of Wildlife Conservation, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7

The main digestive problems encountered at the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) at Udawalawe, in neonatal and infant age groups, were fat indigestion & intolerance and lactose intolerance.  Some cases of death still remain unidentified.  The major component of milk feeding regime consisted or human infant formula.  The feed ingredients used in the trials included skimmilk, rice porridge, sugar cane jaggery (sugar cane extract) and soya-based milk powder.  The data obtained from the trials are not sufficient to develop a definite formula to overcome the feeding problems.  But the reduction in the mortality indicates that suitable artificial formula could be developed by a trial and error method.

S.L.Vet.J. 2001, 48(2A): 5-6

Keywords: elephant calves, feeding, fat indigestion, lactose intolerance, elephant transit home, ETH, digestive problems