Volume : III, Issue : III, March - 2013

Exposure of Captive Wild Mammals in Kota Zoo India to Urban Air Pollution

Dr. Varsha Gupta

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Study of environmental contamination in the wildlife, free–ranging or those caged in the zoos, is a challenging venture. This is primarily because of difficulty in obtaining samples, which can be at the most opportunistic, from these animals. Feces of wild animals were used as biological indicator of exposure in wild animals caged and exposed to the ambient air pollution of urban habitat. Various metal contents in mammals of Kota (India) zoo were in the range of 24.12±3.42 (Panthera leo) to 5.94±1.29 (Axis axis) ppm d/w in case of lead. Cadmium was in range between 14.36±1.6 (Panthera. tigris) to 1.09±0.52 (Panthera pardus) ppm d/w. Chromium was in rage of 45.47±1.98 (Melurus ursinus) to ND (Macaca radiate, Oryctolagus cuniculus, Panthera pardus ) ppm d/w. Copper was in range between 32.5±0.90 (Sus scrofa) to 1.42±0.91 (Panthera leo) ppm d/w. Whereas zinc was found in range of 100.91±1.2 (Panthera leo) to 13.15±0.98 (Oryctolagus cuniculus) ppm d/w. Analysis of feed and water along with the soil in cages which is receiving particulate air pollutants indicates that air pollution is the primary cause due to high density of traffic in the area.

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Dr. Varsha Gupta Exposure of Captive Wild Mammals in Kota Zoo India to Urban Air Pollution Indian Journal of Applied Research, Vol.III, Issue.III March 2013

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