IDIONG, N. B.
UDOH, M. D.
EYOH, G. D.
ASAM, E. D.
IDIONG, M. N.
Department of Animal Science
Akwa Ibom State University
Ikot Akpaden, Nigeria.


Abstract
Due to the low percapita income of Nigerians especially in the rural areas coupled with the high costs of domestic animal protein products, a reasonable proportion of the populace had resorted to consumption of game animals. Domestication and integration of some game animals into the animal production system had been advocated. African civet (Viverra civetta) is a game animal that is widely consumed in the humid tropical West Africa. Unfortunately, there is paucity of information on the haematology and blood chemistry of the African civet, thus the need for this research study. Blood samples from eight adult captive-reared African were obtained for haematological studies. Parameters determined included haemoglobin content, red blood cell count, white blood cells count, percent lymphocytes, packed cell volume, mean corpuscular volume, fragility and sedimentation rate and coagulation times. Contents of plasma biochemical parameters as well as plasma electrolyte levels were also determined. Data obtained generally, fall within the range of blood characteristics considered as normal ranges for  domestic animals. It is hoped that the data from this work would be a valuable aid in the detection of blood characteristic abnormalities and diagnosing certain blood related diseases.