The San Diego Zoo shared on January 11 that some gorillas tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials shared that the gorillas were the first known apes to test positive.

The gorillas are being monitored closely by veterinarians and officials expect them to recover fully. “Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well. The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking. We are hopeful for a full recovery.” Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, shared in a statement.

Advertisement

The zoo said that it was assumed that the gorillas got infected from an asymptomatic staff member. Staff members were following all safety and PPE protocol recommended by the CDC. The gorillas were tested after officials saw symptoms including coughing. They now suspect that all gorillas are exposed since they live in groups. Eight western lowland gorillas live in the zoo.

“For almost one year our team members have been working tirelessly, with the utmost determination to protect each other and the wildlife in our care from this highly contagious virus,” said Peterson. “The safety of our staff and the wildlife in our care remains our number one priority.”

The zoo has been closed since December 6 due to strict lockdown regulations in California.

Read more about animal-human coronavirus transmission, including mink farms in Denmark and the infection at the Bronx Zoo.

Advertisement

Related Content:

For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Also, don’t forget to download the Food Monster App on iTunes — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!

Advertisement

Advertisement