Books for Nature Lovers
A Guide to Animal Diseases in South Africa: Game
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Review By: Wildlife Ranching Vol 4 - No1 - Summer 2011

This is the first comprehensive guide to wildlife diseases to be published in South Africa specifically for game farm owners, game rangers and other involved in the management and handling of wildlife. It contains 190 photographs, illustrations, maps and parasite life cycles. 

  • The 144-page book covers the most common diseases and parasites of mammalian wildlife species that are generally kept on game farms.
  • Introductory chapters on the species kept by game farmers, the importance of an ecosystem and the management of game farms, with reference to the impact on the health of wildlife and management of 'problem animals' and the raising of orphaned wildlife species.
  • A section on diseases prefaced by a discussion of some common non-infectious conditions such as nutritional problems, trauma and capture myopathy.
  • The cause, symptoms, treatment and control measures of specific infectious diseases of herbivores, equids, porcines and carnivores.
  • The effect of parasites on various species and the preventative measures for introducing resistant parasites in particular is discussed, illustrated with the use of life cycles and photographs.
  • A section devoted to the causes of poisoning wildlife by means of indigenous and exotic plants as well as various chemicals.

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