Fat-soluble vitamin and mineral comparisons between zoo-based and free-ranging koalas (phascolarctos cinereus)

Schmidt, Debra A., Pye, Geoffrey W., Hamlin-Andrus, Chris C., Ellis, William A., Ellersieck, Mark R., Chen, Tai C. and Holick, Michael F. (2013) Fat-soluble vitamin and mineral comparisons between zoo-based and free-ranging koalas (phascolarctos cinereus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 44 4: 1079-1082. doi:10.1638/2012-0207R1.1


Author Schmidt, Debra A.
Pye, Geoffrey W.
Hamlin-Andrus, Chris C.
Ellis, William A.
Ellersieck, Mark R.
Chen, Tai C.
Holick, Michael F.
Title Fat-soluble vitamin and mineral comparisons between zoo-based and free-ranging koalas (phascolarctos cinereus)
Formatted title
Fat-soluble vitamin and mineral comparisons between zoo-based and free-ranging koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus)
Journal name Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1042-7260
1937-2825
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1638/2012-0207R1.1
Volume 44
Issue 4
Start page 1079
End page 1082
Total pages 4
Place of publication Yulee, FL, United States
Publisher American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Formatted abstract
As part of a health investigation on koalas at San Diego Zoo, serum samples were analyzed from 18 free-ranging and 22 zoo-based koalas, Phascolarctos cinereus. Serum concentrations of calcium, chloride, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins A, E, and 25(OH)D3 were quantified. Calcium, chloride, molybdenum, selenium, and vitamin E concentrations were significantly higher in zoo-based koalas than in free-ranging koalas, whereas magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc concentrations were significantly higher in the free-ranging koalas. No significant differences were found between genders. The results from this study will help to establish a starting point for determining target circulating nutrient concentrations in koalas.
Keyword Koala
Mineral
Phascolarctos cinereus
Vitamin
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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