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1 March 2009 Plasma Preparation and Storage for African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)
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The use of plasma as a life-saving tool for neonatal African elephants (Loxodonta africana) that failed passive transfer of immunoglobulins is proposed. The methodology of blood sampling, plasma extraction, and plasma storage is described. Values for cellular component sedimentation and biochemical parameters of extracted plasma that was collected from 2 female elephants is presented. The proposal for a central plasma bank for elephants in European zoos is suggested.

Sascha Knauf, Julia Blad-Stahl, Arne Lawrenz, Ulrich Schuerer, and Axel Wehrend "Plasma Preparation and Storage for African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 40(1), 71-75, (1 March 2009). https://doi.org/10.1638/2007-0146.1
Received: 21 November 2007; Published: 1 March 2009
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