Primatologists work to keep great apes safe from coronavirus

Primatologists work to keep great apes safe from coronavirus

Human respiratory viruses are already the leading cause of death in chimp communities at Kibale and at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall worked, according to a study by Goldberg and colleagues. Now, as COVID-19 spreads closer to endangered great apes in Africa and Asia, researchers and veterinarians are gearing up to protect the apes as well as local people.

Coronavirus: Great apes on lockdown over threat of disease

Coronavirus: Great apes on lockdown over threat of disease

Great apes have been put on lockdown against the threat of coronavirus.
Gorilla tourism in Africa has been suspended, while sanctuaries for other apes, such as orangutans, have closed to the public.
It’s not known if great apes can contract the virus, but there are growing fears that our closest living relatives might be equally at risk.