Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
Three African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) that died after capture and translocation from Mutirikwe Recreational Park in southern Zimbabwe showed macroscopic and microscopic lesions of cardiomyopathy compatible with a diagnosis of gousiekte. The buffalo had had access to Pavetta schumanniana, a plant that is known to cause gousiekte. Death was attributed to cardiac failure as a result of previous consumption of the plant, exacerbated by the stress of translocation.
Keywords : African buffalo; cardiomyopathy; gousiekte; Mutirikwe Recreational Park; Zimbabwe; Pavetta schumanniana; Syncerus caffer.