Research projects


Inhibin and FSH during the estrous cycle of the giraffe


Prof. K. Taya, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
African Lion Safari, Ontario, Canada




Giraffes show an extraordinary short estrous cycle of only 14 days. Inhibin and FSH are important hormones regulating the formation of follicles on the ovary. With the determination of these two important hormones, we hope to find out how giraffes can develop an ovulatory follicle, while the corpus luteum is still active, and therefore may exhibit such a short ovulation interval.


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

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