*Department of Biological Sciences, Njala University, P.M.B. Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Haematological studies on wild African elephants (Loxodonta africana)
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 185, Issue 4, pages 491–503, August 1978
How to Cite
White1*, PeterT. and Brown1, IainR. F. (1978), Haematological studies on wild African elephants (Loxodonta africana). Journal of Zoology, 185: 491–503. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1978.tb03347.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 13 December 1977
Various haematological parameters have been measured in a sample of wild African elephants from two game parks in Uganda. The results are compared with those of other authors for the African and Indian elephant and other mammals. No intersex differences were found to occur but calves (1–5 years) differed from the population as a whole in several respects. Some values varied with season and this may be attributed to the effect of dehydration during the dry season. A number of elephants from one of the parks had abnormally high red cell numbers and the possibility is considered that this may reflect an incidence of habitat induced cardiovascular disease.