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Type of publication: Diploma Thesis
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Year: 2009

Authors: Kohl, Muriel

Title: Zur Prävalenz und Befallsintensität von Endoparasiten der freilebenden Gänsegeier (Gyps fulvus) in der Riserva naturale del Lago di Cornino (Italien).

Other title: Prevalence and intensity of gastrointestinal parasites in free-ranging Eurasian Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) in the Riserva naturale del Lago di Cornino (Italy)

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 27.


Advisor(s):

Frey Hans
Walzer Christian

Reviewer(s):
Joachim Anja

Vetmed Research Units:
Institute of Parasitology


Abstract:
The Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is extinct throughout most of Italy. Only one small native population of about 65-75 individuals in the early 1980´s survived on Sardinia. Through conservation actions and reintroduction projects the Griffon Vulture was returned to other parts of Italy, where subpopulations of the species survive in five scattered habitats. The purpose of this study was the verification of the threat of parasitic diseases on a reintroduced vulture population in the Riserva naturale del Lago di Cornino in Northeastern Italy. As these raptors depend on artificial feeding sites for their survival, they are vulnerable to infection by contaminated soil and feed on the restricted feeding area. Another focus of this study was the age-related prevalence of endoparasites in the Griffon Vulture colony.


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