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Comparative Features of the Nutrition of the Przewalski Horse Equus przewalskii, the Camel Camelus bactrianus, and the Saiga Saiga tatarica on an Isolated Steppe Pasture

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The fodder resources, nutrition, and food supply of free-ranging Bactrian camels, Przewalski horses, and saigas on a fenced forb-grass steppe pasture are studied. The species composition of consumed plants, food selectivity, digestibility, and amount of consumed forage are estimated seasonally. All three species differ in all diet parameters.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors are grateful to I.N. Medyannikov, S.N. Oleinikov, V.I. Dan’kov, E.Yu. Kuznetsov, L.V. Klets, and A.D. Lipkovich for the organization and logistical support of studies on the lands of the steppe aviary complex of the Center for Rare Animals of European Steppes, Wildlife of the Steppe Association, and lands of the Rostov Biosphere Nature Reserve.

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This study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 18-04-00172.

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Abaturov, B.D., Dzhapova, R.R., Kazmin, V.D. et al. Comparative Features of the Nutrition of the Przewalski Horse Equus przewalskii, the Camel Camelus bactrianus, and the Saiga Saiga tatarica on an Isolated Steppe Pasture. Biol Bull Russ Acad Sci 46, 594–607 (2019) doi:10.1134/S1062359019060037

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