The Ministry of the Environment (Sedema) capital provides special care in zoos to animals of species that could be more susceptible to contracting coronavirus, as occurs with older adults or people with chronic degenerative diseases.
In this way, the General Directorate of Zoos and Conservation of Wild Fauna of the CDMX has applied, since mid-March, a Biosafety Protocol with special care for cats, canids, mustelids and primates that live in Chapultepec, Aragón and Los Coyotes.
In total, among the zoos of Chapultepec, Aragón and Los Coyotes there are more than 1,800 copies of 260 different species.
Fernando Gual Sill, director of Zoos and Wildlife Conservation in Mexico City, explained to Reform than it's about special care that have been adjusted as alerts emerge around the world about infections in captive or domestic species.
"This virus could affect some primates, Laboratory tests have already been done in other countries and, apparently, there may be transmission ”.
He mentioned the example of the Bronx Zoo, where there was seven cases between lions and tigers that came out positive, clarifying that this did not mean that these animals could infect the human.
Gual Sill noted that although hygiene measures have been taken for staff, non-essential contact with 123 primates, 64 felines, with 59 canids and the 3 mustelids that house in CDMX zoos.
"Once a week we are scheduling in all areas deep cleaning, that normally we do not do it so frequently because there is a routine Biosafety Protocol ”, he pointed out.
Further, “operant conditioning training” activities were suspended, which facilitate the physical reviews of the animals, due to the direct contact they involve.
The director assured that until May 11 it was not necessary to apply tests to any specimen, they have not detected symptoms in them.
"We are reducing to the bare minimum the contact that workers, doctors, biologists and caretakers might have with all these animals," he explained.
“(We monitor) any signs that we could see in any animal, to report it. For the moment, We have no case in animals. "
Lioness dies in the Aragón zoo on CDMX
On May 17, Sedema announced that one of the African lionesses residing in the Aragon zoo died of leukemia.
According to the official statement, Xóchitl was 14 years old with 9 months old and, like all the inhabitants of the capital's zoos, he received attention and care from his keepers, biologists and veterinary doctors to ensure his health and well-being. He had shown no signs of illness, but a few weeks ago it was noted that he lost weight so he underwent a clinical examination.
In wild cats, leukemias are scarcely reported in scientific studies, however, This pathology is very similar to that of humans and domestic cats.
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