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Gastrointestinal parasites of captive primates in the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

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Umanga C. Gunasekera ,

Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Susiji Wickramasinghe,

Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Ganga Wijesinghe,

The National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Dehiwala, LK
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R. P. V. J. Rajapakse

Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

Fifteen species of primates from different geographic areas are living in captivity at the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. As a result of limited space in the Zoo and ever increasing visitors, there is a possibility to increase the incidence of human animal contact. Therefore, it is important to identify potential parasitic infections that can be transferred from humans to animals and vise versa. In the present study, the primates were investigated for the gastrointestinal parasites. Total of 85 fecal samples were collected from all the species and examined for the presence of helminthes and protozoa. Balantidium sp., Entamoeba coli, Giardia sp., Blastocystis sp. and coccidial oocytes including Cryptosporidium sp. oocysts were identified. Furthermore, Nematodes and Cestodes were also recorded.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4380

TAPROBANICA. April, 2012. Vol. 04, No. 01: pp. 37-41.

 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4380
How to Cite: Gunasekera, U.C. et al., (2012). Gastrointestinal parasites of captive primates in the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 4(1), pp.37–41. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v4i1.4380
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Published on 31 May 2012.
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