Short Communication

European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 60-62

First online:

Necropsy and parasitic findings from an adult forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) found dead in the Republic of Congo

  • Sharon L. DeemAffiliated withField Veterinary Program, Wildlife Conservation SocietySmithsonian’s National Zoological Park Email author 
  • , Fiona MaiselsAffiliated withInternational Program, Wildlife Conservation SocietyInstitute of Cell, Animal, and Population Biology, Edinburgh University
  • , Richard G. RobbinsAffiliated withAFPMB, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

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A field necropsy was performed on a recently dead adult forest buffalo, Syncerus caffer nanus, found in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo. Based on the gross and histological lesions, the cause of death was determined to be conspecific fighting. Ectoparasites collected from this forest buffalo were Amblyomma sp. (larvae) and Rhipicephalus ziemanni Neumann. Endoparasites collected included a paramphistomid trematode, Carmyerius gregarius, and oocysts of Eimeria spp., paramphistomid eggs (presumably from C. gregarius), metastrongylid lungworm larvae, and strongylid eggs. Parasitic findings from this forest buffalo were compared to previous reports from savanna and forest buffalo.


Endoparasites Ectoparasites Forest buffalo Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Republic of Congo Syncerus caffer nanus