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Daily feeding behaviour of the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) in its natural environment

Abstract : We studied the natural feeding patterns of dromedaries (Camelus dromedarius) in 2 Saharan rangelands in the Ouargla region of Algeria. More specifically, we directly observed (using a camcorder) the daily consumption of vegetation by 3 females during the fall of 2017 and the winter of 2018. The results showed that, on a given day, the dromedaries spent 67% of their time grazing, 11% of their time ruminating, and 22% of their time engaging in other activities. The animals ate while moving, taking small bites of plants (0.07-4.47g DM) at a variable rhythm (0.03-12 bites per min). Each dromedary consumed about 8-9 kg DM per day, which equates to a mean of 2-2.3 kg DM/100 kg LW.
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Mahma Hassen, Abdelmadjid Chehma, Johann Huguenin. Daily feeding behaviour of the dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) in its natural environment. Fourrages, Association Française pour la Production Fourragère, 2019, pp.341-347. ⟨hal-02924414⟩

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