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Gastrointestinal helminths in large felines from a zoo in Malaysia


Ghazali, Maria Syafiqah and Che’ Amat, Azlan and Abdul Aziz, Nor Azlina (2020) Gastrointestinal helminths in large felines from a zoo in Malaysia. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 53 (2). pp. 781-784. ISSN 0030-9923


In nature, wild animals live in an enormous space and usually have very low genetic resistance against parasitic infection mainly due to low exposure towards the parasites themselves. However, when herds of these wild animals are kept in captivity, or in zoological gardens, parasitic infections might be worse and pose a serious threat to endangered species. The present study was conducted to observe the occurrence of gastrointestinal parasites in large felines in a Malaysian zoo. Ten faecal samples were collected from pumas (Puma concolor, n = 5), African lions (Panthera leo, n = 3), a spotted leopard (Panthera pardus, n = 1), and a black panther (Panthera onca, n = 1). All faecal samples were examined for parasite eggs, larvae, and oocysts by simple faecal floatation and formalin – ether sedimentation technique. All large felines in the zoo were infected with gastrointestinal parasites. A total of six species of gastrointestinal parasites were recovered including four nematodes (Toxocara cati, Ancylostoma spp., Toxascaris leonina, and Oxyuris sp.), a cestode (Spirometra sp.), and a protozoan (Isospora sp.). Half (n=5/10) of the large felines had mixed infections with Toxocara cati and Ancylostoma spp.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.17582/journal.pjz/20190917030922
Publisher: Smith and Franklin Academic Publishing
Keywords: Gastrointestinal parasites; Wild carnivores; Fecal sample; Zoo; Malaysia
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 00:17
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2021 00:17
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/89092
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