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January 12, 2021 - National Geographic

Several gorillas test positive for COVID-19 at California zoo—first in the world

Several gorillas test positive for COVID-19 at California zoo—first in the world
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They are the world’s first non-human primates with confirmed cases of the virus.

Three western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this afternoon, making them the world’s first-known great apes to contract the virus.

The gorillas, who live in a troop of eight, are expected to recover, says Lisa Peterson, executive director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, in California. Caretakers have decided to keep all eight gorillas together and monitor them closely.

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