Author: Prof Joop Boomker


As is the case with the antelope and pigs, the carnivores are also not affected by worms, given that they are well-fed and that the worm-infections are not overwhelming. It is quite conceivable that the high mortality of young lions is due to malnutrition combined with parasite infections, especially the hookworms Ancylostoma and Galonchus. Little is published on helminths diseases of free-living lions and leopards (Boomker, Penzhorn & Hotak, 1997).