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The endocrinology of musth in the male Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus): Serum estradiol, serum LH and serum, fecal and urinary testosterone.


Efforts to breed the endangered Asian elephant in captivity have historically been difficult because of our primitive understanding of musth. Long-term endocrinological studies of musth are needed; however, it is often difficult and dangerous to collect serum from the musth male.