Zoological Diagnostic Pathology Service for zoo and free ranging wildlife

A wide range of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and other species are examined. The service has three main components:

  • personalised service providing accurate and thorough diagnosis of the cause of death and any other conditions present in the animal;
  • storage of specimens and data from the case;
  • use of these for future research projects on wildlife diseases in southern Africa.


Elephant seal

Elephant Seals can hold their breath for up TWO HOURS! But how? Well, seals have more blood in their bodies than any other animal and, since oxygen is stored and carried around the body in blood, it allows them to hold their breath for an extra long time.