Osteophagia provide giraffes with phosphorus and calcium?

  title={Osteophagia provide giraffes with phosphorus and calcium?},
  author={I P Bredin and John D. Skinner and Graham Mitchell},
  journal={The Onderstepoort journal of veterinary research},
  volume={75 1},
The daily requirement for calcium and phosphorus by giraffes to sustain the growth and maintenance of their skeletons is large. The source of sufficient calcium is browse. The source of necessary phosphorus is obscure, but it could be osteophagia, a frequently observed behaviour in giraffes. We have assessed whether bone ingested as a result of osteophagia… CONTINUE READING