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Ticks infesting captive and free-roaming wild animal species at the São Paulo Zoo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Title
Ticks infesting captive and free-roaming wild animal species at the São Paulo Zoo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, July 2017
DOI 10.1590/s1984-29612017036
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Irys Hany Lima Gonzalez, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas, Paula Andrea Borges Salgado, Cauê Monticelli, Luan Henrique Morais, Amanda Alves de Moraes, Thatiane Cristina Antunes, Patrícia Locosque Ramos, Thiago Fernandes Martins

Abstract

Ticks are ectoparasites of worldwide distribution that affect vertebrates and can transmit pathogens to animals and humans. The Zoological Park Foundation of São Paulo (FPZSP) is located in a Conservation Unit in one of the most important remaining fragments of the Atlantic Rainforest biome in the suburbs of São Paulo, Brazil. The FPZSP houses more than 3,000 wild animals on exhibit, in breeding programs and in environmental education programs, and also attracts migratory birds and free-roaming wildlife. This study focused on identifying the diversity of tick species that infest captive and free-roaming animals at the FPZSP. The collection of ticks kept at the FPZSP contains 523 specimens that were collected from different host species between 1990 and 2017. Ten tick species were found. In addition, Amblyomma aureolatum (Pallas) was found on stray cats living in the Atlantic forest fragment in the FPZSP. This study reveals a low occurrence of parasitism in captive animals and a high diversity of tick species collected from hosts in this Atlantic forest fragment, contributing information about host-parasite relationships and potential vectors of zoonotic diseases, since the vectors of Brazilian spotted fever, A. aureolatum and Amblyomma sculptum Berlese, were found in some hosts.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 36 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 10 28%
Student > Bachelor 9 25%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 8%
Researcher 2 6%
Other 3 8%
Unknown 5 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 31%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 8 22%
Environmental Science 5 14%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 3%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 3%
Other 4 11%
Unknown 6 17%