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Gorillas at San Diego Zoo Safari Park test positive for coronavirus

Gorilla Troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Test Positive for COVID-19
The great apes continue to be observed closely by the San Diego Zoo Global veterinary team

Members of the Gorilla Troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for SA
Posted at 1:07 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 16:07:26-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates.

The park's executive director, Lisa Peterson, told The Associated Press on Monday that a troop of eight gorillas at the park is believed to have the virus and several have been coughing.

The park tested the fecal matter from the troop. It appears the infection came from a member of the park's wildlife care team that also tested positive for the virus but has been asymptomatic.

Veterinarians are closely monitoring the gorillas who are all together in their habitat at the park, north of San Diego.