A study by CMU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine titled ‘Measures of oxidative status markers in relation to age, sex, and season in sick and healthy captive Asian elephants in Thailand’ was published in Animals (ISI / Scopus Quartile 1 Journal Impact factor 3.231) on May 5, 2023.
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The study aimed to study oxidative stress, which is an adverse condition in humans and animals that can cause tissue damage and adverse health impacts. It is found that there are several contributing factors in humans but research in elephants is still limited.
Several serum oxidative status markers and a stress biomarker, faecal glucocorticoid metabolites, were measured to study the effects of age, sex, sampling season, and disease factors in captive Asian elephants in Thailand.
It is found that age and season affect influenced biomarkers and should be taken into account in data interpretation, while sex was not found to be the case. In terms of health, baby elephants with signs of herpes infection that caused haemorrhage had the highest change in the biomarkers, suggesting this condition’s significant relevance.