Original Research

Vitamin A storage in the liver of certain African wild ruminants and elephant

C. Bartelmus, D. Giesecke, P. Hoppe
Koedoe | Vol 19, No 1 | a1178 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v19i1.1178 | © 1976 C. Bartelmus, D. Giesecke, P. Hoppe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 1976 | Published: 15 August 1976

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C. Bartelmus, Universitdt Munchen, Germany
D. Giesecke, Universitdt Munchen, Germany
P. Hoppe, University of Nairobi, Kenya

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The levels of vitamin A were determined in liver samples from 40 animals including ruminant species feeding on grass (4 buffalo, 6 blue wildebeest, 5 gemsbok) or mainly on plant material other than grass (10 impala, 3 springbok, 7 kudu and 5 elephants). The mean values obtained for the ruminant species ranged from 212 to 1217 I.U. vitamin A/g liver fresh weight mass and showed no relationship to the percentage of grass in rumen contents. An unusually low level of 67 I.U. was found in elephant.


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