Aim: The study was conducted to know the
mortality pattern in non human primates in Assam.
Materials and Methods: A total of 27 deaths
were recorded in six different species of non
human primates of Assam State Zoo and Department
of Forest and Environment, Government of Assam
during the period from August, 2009 to December,
2009. The cause of death was determined on the
basis of gross and histopathological examinations
conducted at Department of Pathology, College of
Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University,
Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam.
causes of death attributed to specific diseases in
non human primates were tuberculosis (22.22%),
pneumonia (18.57%), enteritis (11.11%),
encephalitis (11.11%), nephritis (11.11%),
septicaemia (03.7%), malignant neoplasm (03.7%),
zygomycotic gastritis (03.7%), traumatic injury
(03.7%), poisoning (03.7%), stress (03.7%) and
Conclusion: The study
viewed that it is important to know the causes of
death of non human primates for preservation and
conservation of these endangered wild species.
Keywords: Assam, mortality, non human primate,