Lions And Zoos

Lions at Akron Zoo tested positive for COVID-19

AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo is monitoring its five African lions after each tests presumably positive for COVID-19.

“Our lion care team recently noticed a mild cough, sneezing and decreased appetite in a few lions,” Akron Zoo officials said in a Facebook post Thursday morning. “After symptoms appeared, stool samples were taken and sent to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, where the lions tested positive.”

The zoo is home to five lions – including males Tamarr and Donovan and females Mandisa, Kataba and Msinga. The lions will remain in their habitat at the zoo and will be treated for any symptoms.

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The African lions here at Akron Zoo have received presumably positive test results for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that …

Posted by Akron Zoo on Thursday, September 30, 2021

“As a precaution, we also sent fecal samples to test all big cats, including Sumatran tigers, snow leopards and jaguars,” zoo officials said. “These samples have tested negative, but we will continue to monitor them closely for any clinical signs of COVID-19. “

Zoo officials said the lions posed no transmission threat to visitors.

“There is currently no data showing that zoo animals transmitted the virus to humans, unlike documented transmission from humans to animals,” Akron zoo officials noted. “Additionally, the design of our habitat and the use of glass throughout the park protects animals and guests from exposure to each other in their habitats.”

The exhibit is believed to come from a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19, zoo officials said.

“As a result, we will continue to improve PPE in the areas of animal care. “

In addition, Akron Zoo is licensed to use the experimental Zoetis COVID-19 vaccine which was developed for animals.

“Other zoos across North America have started administering the vaccine to its vulnerable animals,” zoo officials said. “The vaccine arrived very recently at Akron Zoo and plans are underway to vaccinate susceptible animals. Lions will be included in vaccinations upon recovery. Zoetis’ COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Ohio State Veterinarian. “

Editor’s Note: The in-player video above was originally posted in an unrelated zoo story on February 12, 2021.

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