Asian Journal of Research in Zoology <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Asian Journal of Research in&nbsp;Zoology (ISSN: 2582-466X)&nbsp;</strong>aims to publish high-quality papers (<a href="/index.php/AJRIZ/general-guideline-for-authors">Click here for Types of paper</a>) in all aspects of Zoology. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled,&nbsp;OPEN&nbsp;peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.&nbsp;</p> Asian Journal of Research in Zoology en-US Asian Journal of Research in Zoology 2582-466X Repellency Effect of Prepared Neem Tree Leaves Smoke against Mosquito <p>The study was design to evaluate the smoke repellency effect of prepared neem leaves, against mosquito. The dried neem powder was used for making the insecticide, 10 g of powdered leaves sample was weight into a 200 ml beaker, and 5.0 g of starch was weight and added to the leave sample in the beaker. The mixture was stirred and 5.0 ml of distilled water was added gradually to the mixture in little quantity while stirring. The beaker with wet insecticide mixture was dried in an oven until a constant weight was obtained. The prepared neem insecticide was distributed among the households to use at night, to substitute synthetic insecticides. The users were randomly selected within the study area. The data was collected based on the time of application, number of bites receive before and after the application this was done based on 0-5 rating scale. The result revealed that the prepared insecticide is 100% effective though the effectiveness is dependent to time taken after application. The questionnaire was also used to assess the view of the users on the adverse effect they experienced upon the exposure to neem tree leaves prepared sample. The study has been concluded that neem leaves smoke is effective in repelling mosquito, and it can be an alternative to the synthetic insecticides hence it is safe for the users and the environment.</p> M. M. Jibrin A. D. Mohammed ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-07-25 2020-07-25 1 6 10.9734/ajriz/2020/v3i330090 Food and Feeding Ecology of Double-spurred Francolin (Pternitis bicalcaratus Linn.) in Ekiti State, Nigeria <p>Double-spurred francolin<em> (Pternitis bicalcaratus)</em> is a bird with wide range of economic importance. In spite of this, there has been no previous studies on food and feeding ecology of the species in Ekiti State, Nigeria. 150 (male 69, female 81) bird specimens were collected through hunters, the crop and gizzard contents were sorted. Thirty food species having plants and animal origins were recovered. Plant and animal matters constituted 93.22% and 6.2% respectively. Mann Whitney U- test showed that there was no significant difference in the consumption of plant matters among sexes (<em>p</em>&gt; 0.05) but a significant difference in the consumption of animal matters among sexes (<em>p</em>&lt; 0.05).</p> O. C. Owolabi A. I. Akinpelu ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-07-29 2020-07-29 7 14 10.9734/ajriz/2020/v3i330091 The Prevalence of Ticks Infestation of Dogs in Runjin Sambo Area of Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria <p>Ticks are still considered a major cause of zoonotic diseases most especially to dogs and other related animals. This study was conducted to assess the ticks infestation of dogs in Runjin Sambo area Sokoto. The sample was collected using hand picking and hair brushing method with the assistance of dog owners. A total of sixty dogs were randomly selected in four different sub areas in Runjin Sambo. The locality, sex and age of the dogs were noted. The ticks species were identified in the entomology laboratory using key devices. Four species of ticks namely, <em>Amlyomma variegatum, Rhipicephalus pulchellus, Boophilus decolaratus </em>and<em> Hyalomma excavatum </em>were identified. The 45 (75%) of dogs were found infected with prevalence of 11.67%, 21.67%, 25.00% and 16.67% in the four sub-areas respectively. The prevalence rate of infection was 31.67% in male dogs and 43.33% in female dogs. Similarly 55.00% and 20.00% in adult and puppy dogs respectively.&nbsp; Tick infestation of dogs seems to be due to poor and unhygienic condition of the dogs and can be reduced by proper sanitation, improve hygiene and health education.</p> S. Y. Lema A. Haruna J. Ibrahim J. Suleiman ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2020-07-31 2020-07-31 15 20 10.9734/ajriz/2020/v3i330092