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Rearing, and reproduction and growth performances of the African brush-tailed porcupine Atherurus africanus. Study results on its reproduction in captivity



Rearing, and reproduction and growth performances of the African brush-tailed porcupine Atherurus africanus. Study results on its reproduction in captivity



Revue d' Elevage et de Medecine Veterinaire des Pays Tropicaux 55(4): 313-320



The African brush-tailed porcupine Atherurus africanus is the bushmeat consumers' most appreciated species in Gabon. Works conducted under the Game Breeding Development Programme in Gabon (DGEG) helped set up technical references on how to breed this rodent. Animals are bred in covered pens or metallic barrels. Feeding is based on tubers and groundnuts. Reproduction occurs all year round with animals at least 11 months old. The pair stays two months together.

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