The Hush Post| 14:52 pm| one-minute-read|
After the humans, its the turn of apes. Gorillas in Rwanda, Congo have been put on lockdown as wildlife conservationists fear that the mankind is under threat from coronavirus.
National parks and sanctuaries across Africa have been shut for the people. Researchers too will not be allowed to venture into these sanctuaries after recommendations came from leading experts who had already suggested social distancing measures be taken seriously to protect the apes from the virus.
“We don’t know if it’s infected mountain gorillas; we have not seen any evidence of that,” Dr. Kirsten Gilardi, the chief veterinary officer for Gorilla Doctors, told the outlet.
“But because mountain gorillas are susceptible to human pathogens, we know that they can develop respiratory illness.”
The recommendations came after a tiger tested positive for Corona Virus at the Bronx Zoo on Sunday.
Now researchers and sanctuaries were heeding the advice and taking precautions to protect the apes, as growing reports about their vulnerability to infectious disease is now listed among the top threats, along with habitat loss and poaching.