Analysis of the Microbial Diversity in the Fecal Material of Giraffes


Using bacterial and fungal tag-encoded FLX-Titanium amplicon pyrosequencing, the microbiota of the fecal material of seven giraffes living in captivity at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, FL was investigated. In all samples, the most predominant bacterial phylum was the Firmicutes followed by Bacteroidetes. The most predominant fungi were members of the phylum Ascomycota followed by Neocallimastigomycota in five of seven samples. The reverse was true in the other two samples.

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This research was done as part of a Provost Honors project under the leadership of Zina Haywood, Executive Vice President/Provost. We also thank Kathy Nordhaus and Donald Zakutansky for their enthusiastic support of this research.


IACUC approval was granted by the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the collection of fecal samples. This project was supported by funding provided by Gateway Technical College and by the Gateway Foundation.

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Schmidt, J.M., Henken, S., Dowd, S.E. et al. Analysis of the Microbial Diversity in the Fecal Material of Giraffes. Curr Microbiol 75, 323–327 (2018).

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  • Fecal material
  • Giraffe
  • Microbiota