27 Apr 2020

Covid threat curbs animal encounters at zoos

From Karyn Hay Presents..., 8:21 am on 27 April 2020

Close encounters with animals at zoos won't be offered for a while as the threat of covid-19 looms large around the globe. Eight big cats at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19. Gorilla tourism in Africa has been suspended, and sanctuaries for other apes, such as orangutans, have closed to the public.
Primates are thought to be most in danger as they share so much DNA with humans. Ben Davidson is the head vet for Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch.

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Photo: Kim Free @ Orana Wildlife Park