A Question of Balance May 2, 2017
Food Regulations: Many kinds of animals regulate their nutrient intake and the macro nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) are really strong drivers of this foraging behaviour. Animals prefer different ratios of macro nutrients, such ratios varying between species.
Sean Cougan, has just completed his PhD thesis from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. Sean came from Canada where he was involved in studying what grizzly bears eat and its seasonality. His Australian studies focused on our White Ibis, which is a native species that moved into the cities inquite recent decades and is doing really well. Human food is a key part of why they are here so Sean wanted to see what they ate. Here he explains how bears and the ibis regulate their intake of macro nutrients.