Terence Fuh Neba, head of the gorilla habituation program in DSPA, explains why the protection of gorillas in COVID-19 times is so important.
Strict health measures have long been part of our work to protect the gorillas from the possibility that pathogens can pass from humans to animals.
These measures include disinfecting shoes, washing and disinfecting hands as well as wearing a mask near the gorillas.
People with infections are not allowed to visit gorillas. Various vaccinations, such as the standard vaccinations against smallpox and polio, are mandatory before visiting the gorillas in the rainforest.
In Corona times, these measures were even more stringent for habituating gorillas.
For example by using fewer people to observe the animals and also the distance rules for wearing masks were increased from 10m to 15m.
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