Immobilization of marsupials with tiletamine and zolazepam

The effects of combined tiletamine and zolazepam immobilization on 23 animals of 11 marsupial species (5 common wombat-Vombatus ursinus, 4 koala-Phascolarctos cinereus, 3 squirrel glider-Petaurus neofolcensis, 2 Tasmanian devil-Sarcophilus harrisii, 2 ringtail possum-Pseudocheirus peregrinus, 2 red-necked wallaby-Macropus rafriseus, 1 mountain pygmy possum-Burramys parvus, 1 brush-tailed bettong-Bettongia penicilliata, 1 brush-tailed rock wallaby-Petrogale penicillata, 1 short-nosed bandicoot-Isoodon macrourus, 1 tuan-Phascogale tapoatafa). Doses ranged from 2.9 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg, although most were given about 10 mg/kg. Individuals displayed poor relaxation and analgesia and experienced prolonged recovery times. Four deaths were recorded, 3 of which occurred in seemingly healthy squirrel gliders.

Author P. Holz
Year 1992
Secondary title Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume 23
Number 4
Pages 426-428