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Hematochemical Parameters of African Lions (Panthera leo) Kept at Safari Zoo, Lahore, Pakistan

Hematochemical Parameters of African Lions (Panthera leo) Kept at Safari Zoo, Lahore, Pakistan

Muhammad Azhar1,2, Rida Ahmad3*, Bushra Nisar Khan3 and Zahra Hussain3

1University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
2Safari Zoo Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
3Environmental Health and Wildlife Laboratory, Institute of Zoology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
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Hematochemical parameters are often used by veterinarians to assess the health status of animals. The information on blood parameters of African lions (Panthera leo) is scarce in Pakistan, this research was conducted on captive African Lions kept at Safari Zoo, Lahore to see their blood profile. The hemato-chemical parameters included white blood cells (WBCs), hemoglobin (HGB), hematocrit (HCT), lymphocytes (LYM) count, RBCs count, platelet count, mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH) and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), aspartate transaminase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), alanine transaminase (ALT), bilirubin, creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN) were determined. Further, different biological, analytical and operational factors which impose significant effects on hematochemical factors were also considered to rationalize the results. Most of the values were in accordance with the mean values published in the literature, but values of few parameters e.g., hematocrit, platelet, AST, ALT, ALP and blood urea nitrogen were found different from the reference values. It was concluded that biological, analytical and operational factors as well as their respective partialities affect these values. The study contributes to the development of the normal values of hematochemical parameters of African lions kept at different Zoos of Pakistan and ultimately helps to improve their health status and conservation process.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Pakistan J. Zool., Vol. 56, Iss. 2, pp. 503-1000


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