[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP140100235]
Researchers Dr Shawn Wilder; Prof David Raubenheimer; Dr Bronwyn McAllan; Prof Stephen Simpson; Dr Rebecca Spindler; Dr Monique Van Sluys; Ms Michelle Shaw
Brief description Captive breeding programs are important part of conservation and reintroduction plans for endangered Northern quolls and Tasmanian devils. We will initiate a new collaboration between the Charles Perkins Centre and Taronga Conservation Society to improve diets for captive breeding of marsupial carnivores using the framework of Nutritional Geometry. Specifically, we will: 1) quantify the macronutrient (carbohydrate, lipid and protein) targets and regulatory behavior of marsupial carnivores, 2) test explanations for why animals are prone to excess weight gain in captivity, and 3) quantify changes in nutrient targets with reproduction. These results will be applied by Taronga to improve captive diets for marsupial carnivore breeding programs.
Funding Amount 284500
Funding Scheme Linkage Projects