Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 363–373

Wild ostrich (Struthio camelus) ecology and physiology

  • Ross G. Cooper
  • Jaroslaw O. Horbańczuk
  • Raul Villegas-Vizcaíno
  • Salwa Kennou Sebei
  • Aisha E. Faki Mohammed
  • Khalid M. A. Mahrose
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11250-009-9428-2

Cite this article as:
Cooper, R.G., Horbańczuk, J.O., Villegas-Vizcaíno, R. et al. Trop Anim Health Prod (2010) 42: 363. doi:10.1007/s11250-009-9428-2

Abstract

This work discusses some of the important considerations of wild ostrich evolution, behaviour and ecology, as items included in ostrich production. In the process considerable research was conducted by collating information from peer-reviewed papers; textbooks; manuals; and PubMed and Agricola searches. Selected areas reviewed included activity of ostriches; feeding and water needs; sexual maturity; egg laying and natural incubation; selected physiological parameters; and predation. There is an immediate and urgent need to conserve and protect the rapidly declining populations of wild ostriches with the committed involvement of governments and funding bodies.

Keywords

BehaviourEcologyEvolutionOstrich

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross G. Cooper
    • 1
  • Jaroslaw O. Horbańczuk
    • 2
  • Raul Villegas-Vizcaíno
    • 3
  • Salwa Kennou Sebei
    • 4
  • Aisha E. Faki Mohammed
    • 5
  • Khalid M. A. Mahrose
    • 6
  1. 1.Physiology DivisionBirmingham City UniversityBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Institute of Genetics and Animal BreedingPolish Academy of SciencesWolka, KosowskaPoland
  3. 3.Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio NarroTorreónMéxico
  4. 4.Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture de MograneMograne, ZaghouanTunisie
  5. 5.Ministry of Science & Technology, Animal Resources Research CorporationWild Life Research CentreKhartoumSudan
  6. 6.Department of Poultry, Faculty of AgricultureZagazig UniversityZagazigEgypt