A study on occurrence of gastrointestinal parasites in Lions (Panthera leo)
Dhareppa Ganager, GS Mamatha, A Muralidhara, Jaya N Lakkundi, BP Shivashankar
A study was carried out to know the occurrence of gastrointestinal parasites in lions at Banneraghatta Biological Park, Sri Chama Rajendra Zoological Garden (SCZG) and Tiger Lion Safari. Out of 20 faecal samples examined by direct and concentration methods, 15 samples revealed positive for helminthic infections viz.,Ancylostoma spp. (66.6%), Toxocara leonina (60.0%), Spirometra spp. (20%) and protozoan infection of Balantidium coli (13.3%) cysts with an overall infection rate of 75.0 per cent. The mixed infections were recorded in 70.0 per cent of the samples. Ancylostoma spp. was found to be predominant in both males and females, followed by T. leonina, Spirometra spp. and B. coli. In cubs and adults age group, T. leonina and Ancylostoma spp. infections were found to be predominant whereas in subadults group, Ancylostoma infection was predominant.