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The gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have fully recovered from Covid-19

Western lowland gorilla, Winston, at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, on February 11.
Western lowland gorilla, Winston, at the San Diego Safari Park Zoo, on February 11th. Tammy Spratt / San Diego Zoo Global

The zoo said eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have fully recovered after contracting Covid-19 last month.

Zoo officials said western plains gorillas have contracted a type of coronavirus on the West Coast, despite team members adhering to all recommended biosecurity precautions.

All eight gorillas were isolated in the zoo after diagnosis, with symptoms including “mild cough, congestion, nasal secretions and intermittent lethargy”.

Zoo officials attribute the gorilla’s recovery to the “highest level of care” provided by the zoo’s veterinary team, wildlife care professionals, and collaboration with a wide range of colleagues and partners.

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming concern and support we’ve received as the troops recovered safely,” said Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “We are delighted to share the joy that this beloved team brings to our community and our guests.”

The San Diego Zoo has committed to sharing the documentation of the Coronavirus in its gorillas, with the hope that it will help “provide important information regarding the scientific understanding of the virus and its effects on great apes.”

Gorillas are now on display to visitors.

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