Hematology and blood biochemistry in infant baboons (Papio hamadryas)

Lorena M. Havill, C. L. Snider, M. M. Leland, G. B. Hubbard, S. R. Theriot, M. C. Mahaney

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Although published normative reference standards for hematologic and clinical chemistry measures are available for adult baboons, their applicability to infants has not been addressed. We analyzed these measures in 110 infant baboons (55 females and 55 males) from a large breeding colony at the Southwest Regional Primate Research Center in San Antonio, Texas. The sample consists of olive baboons and olive/yellow baboon hybrids, 1 week to 12 months of age. We produced cross-sectional reference values and examined the effects of age, sex, and subspecies on these variables. Hematology reference ranges for infant baboons are similar to, but wider than, those for adults. Reference ranges for blood biochemistry measures are generally more dissimilar to adults, indicating that for many variables, reference ranges for adult baboons are not adequate for infants. Although sex and subspecies differences are rare, age accounts for more than 10% of the variance in many of the variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of medical primatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical pathology
  • Non-human primate
  • Physiologic data
  • Reference ranges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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