San Diego Safari Park Gorillas Catch COVID in First Known Transmission

San Diego Safari Park Gorillas Catch COVID in First Known Transmission
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SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK gorillas catch COVID-19 in first known transmission to gorillas.

So far one gorilla has tested positive for coronavirus, and possibly eight more have been infected. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s gorillas are thought to have been infected by an asymptotic handler. Three of the gorillas are western lowland gorillas that are extremely endangered, but currently all the infected animals are “doing well” and are expected to make a full recovery.

As collecting a saliva sample as is the case in human tests is considered rather dangerous the ape tests are being conducted from fecal samples, after some of the Gorillas started to show symptoms and began coughing.


The Zoo said, “Gorilla troops live together in both our zoological natural habitat and the wild, and we have to assume, as we do with human families, that all members of the family group have been exposed”.

The gorillas are currently in quarantine as group and the zoo confirmed that, “The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking. We are hopeful for a full recovery.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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