Prevalence of hematozoans in lions (Panthera leo) and cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

J Wildl Dis. 1990 Jul;26(3):392-4. doi: 10.7589/0090-3558-26.3.392.


Lions (Panthera leo) and cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) from the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania were examined for the presence of blood protozoans. Twenty-eight percent of the lions were infected with Trypanosoma sp. and the prevalence of trypanosome infection varied significantly between adjacent habitats. All of the animals were infected with Hepatozoon sp. and a Theileria sp.-like piroplasm that was morphologically indistinguishable from Theileria felis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apicomplexa / isolation & purification
  • Carnivora / parasitology*
  • Lions / parasitology*
  • Prevalence
  • Protozoan Infections / epidemiology
  • Protozoan Infections, Animal*
  • Tanzania / epidemiology
  • Theileriasis / epidemiology*
  • Theileriasis / parasitology
  • Trypanosomiasis, African / epidemiology
  • Trypanosomiasis, African / transmission
  • Trypanosomiasis, African / veterinary*