Ungulates Artiodactyla Perissodactyla and Proboscidea Elephants

Most ungulates (including ruminants, horses, and rhinos) produce precocial offspring that rely solely on milk for the first week or more of life, and then are gradually weaned onto solid foods over a prolonged period of many months to several years. In wild ruminants, peak milk production is not high (Table 1). Although African elephant calves eat solids by 3 months of age, they may continue to suckle for 2 8 years. The extent to which milk is important to calf nutrition in such extended lactations is not known.

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