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Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 736497, 4 pages
Research Article

Profile of Some Trace Elements in the Liver of Camels, Sheep, and Goats in the Sudan

1Central Laboratory, Ministry of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 7099, Khartoum, Sudan
2Institute of Veterinary Research, Animal Resources Research Corporation, P.O. Box 8067, Khartoum, Sudan
3Animal Resources Research Corporation, Al-Amarat P.O. Box 8067, Khartoum, Sudan

Received 26 June 2013; Revised 29 September 2013; Accepted 29 October 2013

Academic Editor: Nora Mestorino

Copyright © 2013 Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One hundred camels (Camelus dromedaries) and fifty sheep and goats being adult, male, and apparently healthy field animals were studied to provide data regarding the normal values of some hepatic trace elements. Liver samples were collected during postmortem examination, digested, and analyzed for Cu, Zn, Fe, Co, and Mn using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The results showed that the differences in mean liver concentrations of Cu, Zn, Fe, and Co between camels, sheep, and goats were statistically significant ( ). Hepatic Cu, Fe, and Co concentrations were higher in camels than in sheep and goats. All liver samples were adequate for Fe and Co, whereas only camel liver was adequate for Cu. In camels, hepatic Zn concentration was inadequately lower than that in sheep and goats. No difference in Mn concentration was detected between camels, sheep, and goats. All liver samples were inadequate compared to free-ranging herbivores. In camels, significant correlation ( , value = 0.04) was detected between Zn and Co, whereas in sheep significant correlation ( , value = 0.026) was detected between Zn and Mn. No significant correlation between trace elements was detected in goats.