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1 June 2011 Baseline Levels of Trace Metals in Blood of Captive Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)
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Whole blood from 33 healthy captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) was analyzed for 12 trace elements: aluminum, chromium, manganese, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, arsenic, selenium, cadmium, mercury, and lead for the purpose of estimating preliminary baseline population parameters for these minerals. Metals were quantified by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. Baseline ranges for all animals and for all trace elements were comparable to normal concentrations reported in other species. This is the first report of normal trace element levels in the blood of captive elephants.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Ellen B. Wiedner, Noel Y. Takeuchi, Ramiro Isaza, and David Barber "Baseline Levels of Trace Metals in Blood of Captive Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(2), 360-362, (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0010.1
Received: 17 January 2011; Published: 1 June 2011
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