Salt excretion and saline drinking in the dik-dik antelope (Rhynchotragus kirkii)
1.1. The ability of the dik-dik antelope to survive while drinking saline solutions was tested in controlled laboratory experiments by providing drinking water containing up to 0.5 M NaCl.2.2. Fluid intake increased from 230.5 ml/day when fresh water was offered to a maximum of 373.9 ml/day when 0.3 M NaCl solution was offered.3.3. At concentrations higher than 0.3 M animals lost weight, were anorexic and developed diarrhoea.4.4. It is concluded that the dik-dik antelope will probably tolerate drinking water containing 0.24 M NaCl.
CitationBM Rugangazi,Salt excretion and saline drinking in the dik-dik antelope (Rhynchotragus kirkii), 2013
University of Nairobi,Department of animal physiology