Great Apes at San Diego Zoo Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations
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.
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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.
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.