This is the first comprehensive guide to wildlife diseases to be published in South Africa specifically for game-farm owners, game rangers and others involved in the management and handling of wildlife. It contains 190 photographs, illustrations, maps and parasite life cycles. A Guide to Animal Diseases in South Africa: Game 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 cycle and photographs.
- A section devoted to the causes of poisoning of wildlife, by means of indigenous and exotic plants, as well as various chemicals.
Pamela Oberem is a writer and veterinarian. She headed up the vaccine production units of the foot-and-mouth-laboratory and Onderstepoort Biological Products for a number of years. She is the author of a number of books and articles on infectious diseases and vaccine production.
This is the third book by her in the Briza series of Guides to Animal Diseases in South Africa.