Artificial rearing of some East African antelopes


  • Maureen Hutchison

    1. Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda
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    • *university of Glasgow Veterinary School, Glasgow, Scotland.


Six topi (Damaliscus korrigum), five Uganda kob (Adenota kob thomasi) and two kirk's dik-dik (Rhynchotragus kirkii) were artificially reared from a few days of age.

Foue kob and four topi were fed first on a humanized milk powder “Lactogen”; all four developed intestinal disorders which in two cases were fatal. The survivors recovered on a diet of pasteurized cows' milk on which they were satisfactorily reared. Two topi were satisfactorily reared on cows' milk from the time of capture.

One dik-dik was reared from two weeks on cows' milk enriched with egg yolk to the composition of eland (Taurotragus oryx) milk. weight gain was not significantly different to that of a second dik-dik reared on cows' milk alone.

Causes of ill health and death were: (a) dehydration during the first three days of captivity; (b intestinal disorders during the milk-feeding period; and (c) heavy intestinal parasitic infections during the post-weaning period.