Great Apes at San Diego Zoo Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

By: Nesa Nourmohammadi

The zoo’s bonobo and orangutan populations receive a vaccine created for nonhuman use two months after members of the zoo's gorilla troop came down with virus.

You can stream THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO on discovery+.

March 05, 2021

Protection against COVID-19 isn’t limited to only humans. A troop of great apes from the San Diego Zoo have been vaccinated against the disease.

The news of the immunizations comes two months after members of the zoo’s gorilla troop were diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2.

“The 8-member gorilla troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is doing well and has fully recovered after contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance said in a statement to Discovery.

 Young gorilla and mother at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Young gorilla and mother at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as seen on the Animal Planet/discovery+ series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO.

Photo by: Discovery


Young gorilla and mother at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as seen on the Animal Planet/discovery+ series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is the nonprofit organization that oversees the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park, both of which are featured in the Animal Planet/discovery+ series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO.

The vaccine was developed for nonhuman use by Zoetis, a company that develops medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products for animals and livestock. Vaccinations were distributed to specifically to the San Diego Zoo’s bonobos and orangutans.

To learn more about the San Diego Zoo, stream new episodes of THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO every Saturday with discovery+.

Stream What You Love

Your favorite shows, personalities, and exclusive originals, all in one place.

Next Up

Ellen DeGeneres Partners with Discovery to Produce Natural History Content

In what will be the first time she has lent her voice to a documentary, DeGeneres will narrate ENDANGERED, which begins streaming April 22 on discovery+.

Discovery and Georgia Aquarium Team Up for Real-Time Access to Aquatic Animals

Together, Discovery and Georgia Aquarium will document animal experiences and global conservation efforts across Discovery’s platforms and discovery+.

May the Best Pig Win! PIG ROYALTY Premieres March 23 on discovery+

Dive into the extreme world of pig show competitions and follow the rivalry between two unforgettable families — the Baleros and the Rihns. Subscribers can start streaming PIG ROYALTY on March 23 exclusively on discovery+.

Who You Gonna Call? Bare Hands Rescue!

Squirrel in your fireplace? Skunk in your hot tub? Call Michael "Bare Hands" Beran! The all-new special BARE HANDS RESCUE premieres Sunday, August 22 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+.

Everything You Need To Know About Prince William: A Planet For Us All

In a heartwarming documentary coming to discovery+, The Duke of Cambridge embarks on a royal mission to save the planet. PRINCE WILLIAM: A PLANET FOR US ALL premieres January 14 on discovery+.Available in US only.

Let's Get Piggy With It — PIG ROYALTY Returns to discovery+

Lines are drawn and loyal allies become enemies as the fan-favorite series PIG ROYALTY returns discovery+ on Wednesday, March 16.

Vice President Harris Joins Action Planet: Meeting the Climate Challenge

Vice President Kamala Harris is joined by other ranking members of the Biden administration to discuss the impact of climate change on the world in the new original series ACTION PLANET. Also featured is Jane Fonda, Common, Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Adrian Grenier, Greta Thunberg, and more who are making their discovery+ debut on Earth Day, April 22.Updated April 21, 2021

Attack of the Murder Hornets Buzzes on to discovery+

ATTACK OF THE MURDER HORNETS follows a group of beekeepers and scientists who work together to protect their community from deadly and invasive Asian giant hornets. The documentary premieres February 20 on discovery+

Say Hello to What's New on discovery+ in January 2021

You can now stream the best of Discovery's real-life entertainment, including BBC's award-winning natural history collection on discovery+. Whatever you're into, you'll find it on the new streaming service.

What to LOVE in February on discovery+

February is the month to stream what you love on discovery+. Whatever you're into, from PUPPY BOWL to FINDING BIGFOOT to GOLD RUSH, you can find it streaming on the brand new streaming service. (Updated 2/10/21)