Biology Bulletin

, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 594–607 | Cite as

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

  • B. D. AbaturovEmail author
  • R. R. Dzhapova
  • V. D. Kazmin
  • E. Ch. Ajusheva
  • V. V. Dzhapova


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.



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.


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


Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. D. Abaturov
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. R. Dzhapova
    • 2
  • V. D. Kazmin
    • 3
  • E. Ch. Ajusheva
    • 2
  • V. V. Dzhapova
    • 2
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Gorodovikov Kalmykian State UniversityElistaRussia
  3. 3.Rostov State Nature ReserveOrlovskiiRussia

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