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Zoo in New Orleans vaccinating apes against COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The zoo in New Orleans is vaccinating great apes against COVID-19, and plans to vaccinate cats, otters and animals related to otters. The Audubon Zoo recently received enough of the two-dose animal vaccine for its four gorillas and four orangutans,...

Congo's famous mountain gorilla dies at 14 in Virunga Park

Oct. 07, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Ndakasi, a mountain gorilla who famously posed for a selfie with a ranger at Congo's Virunga National Park, has died at 14 after a long illness, the park said. “It is with heartfelt sadness that Virunga announces the death of beloved orphaned...

18 of 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have contracted COVID

Sep. 14, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At least 18 of the 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have now tested positive for COVID-19, an outbreak that began just days before the zoo had hoped to obtain a veterinary vaccine for the primates, officials said Tuesday. Zoo Atlanta had announced the first...

The Latest: New Zealand buys 500K Pfizer doses from Denmark

Sep. 11, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is buying an extra 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Denmark as it tries to keep its coronavirus vaccination program running at full speed, the government said. The doses are on top of New Zealand’s regular shipments from...

COVID-19 infections spread through gorillas at Atlanta zoo

Sep. 11, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta said Friday that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses...

Zoo Atlanta: Positive virus tests among gorilla population

Sep. 10, 2021 22:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several members of a troop of western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have tested positive for the coronavirus after handlers noticed many of the great apes were showing signs of mild coughing, runny noses and a small loss of appetite, the zoo said Friday. ...