Comparative study of endo-parasites in captive Hog Deer (Axis Porcinus)
International Journal of Biosciences
This study was carried out to observe the prevalence of parasitic infection in 86 Hog Deer (Axis porcinus) kept at Jallo Wildlife Park, Lahore Safari Park and Lahore Zoo, Pakistan. The fresh fecal samples of each Hog Deer (A. porcinus) were collected from the respective Wildlife Parks of Lahore and were brought to the Research Laboratory of the Department of Zoology, Wildlife and Fisheries, GC University, Faisalabad for analysis. Fecal egg count and identification of each endo-parasite was
... o-parasite was determined by Modified MC Master Technique. The egg per gram (E P G) of fecal matter was calculated to check the relative abudance of endo-parasites. It was investigated that 90.90% male and female Hog Deer (A. porcinus) of Lahore Zoo were mostly susceptible to endo-parasites followed by Lahore Safari Park (87.5%) and Jallo Wildlife Park (83.92%). Overall infestation of endo-parasites in Hog Deer (A. porcinus) at three Wildlife Parks was found to be 86.04%. Mixed infection of endo-parasites was noted in majority of the Hog Deer (A. porcinus) at three different localities. The prevalence of seven different gastro-intestinal endo-parasite namely Paramphistomum cervi (31.39%), Moniezia expansa (39.53%), Moniezia benedeni (6.98%), Strongyloides papillosus (82.55%), Trichuris globulosa (74.41%), Trichostrongylus spp. (81.39%) and Haemonchus contortus (32.55%) was recorded at three different localities. Strongyloides papillosus, Trichuris globulosa, Trichostrongylus spp. and Haemonchus contortus were common in Hog Deer (A. porcinus) at three different captive localities. Conclusively, high prevalence of endo-parasites was determined from the current study indicating life threats and economical loss of natural number of live stock.