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The SARS CoV-2 pandemic has changed the way all of the exotic animal industry conducts business.  The information and resources on this page have been compiled to help zoos, aquariums, and managed wildlife facilities prepare for continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and address some of the most frequently asked questions. We are actively monitoring this situation and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

In November 2021, the One Health Federal Interagency COVID-19 Coordination Group (OH-FICC) Wildlife and Zoos Subgroup, in collaboration with the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership, released the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Captive Wildlife Facilities. You can learn more about this tool and access it here.

Please see the CDC’s Guidance to Reduce the Risk of SARS-CoV-2 Spreading between People and Wildlife for additional information including considerations for wildlife rehabilitation facilities.

COVID-19 remains a  primarily a human pathogen, but our knowledge base  continues to evolve rapidly. For the most up to date and reliable information please refer to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Please refer to your state or local department of public health for additional information about plans and guidance for your area:

Considerations for the Management of Non-Domestic Species in Human Care During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Captive Wildlife Facilities: Zoos, Sanctuaries, Aquaria, and Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centers was developed by the One Health Federal Interagency COVID-19 Coordination Group (OH-FICC) Wildlife and Zoos Subgroup in collaboration with the […]

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in Hyenas at a Colorado Zoo

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in Hyenas at a Colorado Zoo

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On November 5, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in two spotted hyenas at a zoo in Colorado. These are the first hyenas confirmed […]

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Updated Guidance for Working Around Non-Domestic Felid Species During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Updated Guidance for Working Around Non-Domestic Felid Species During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Coatimundi at an Illinois Zoo

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Coatimundi at an Illinois Zoo

October 15, 2021

On October 14, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in a coatimundi at a zoo in Illinois.  This is the first coatimundi confirmed with […]

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Binturong and a Fishing Cat at an Illinois Zoo

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Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Binturong and a Fishing Cat at an Illinois Zoo

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On October 6, 2021, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in a binturong and a fishing cat at a zoo in Illinois. These are […]

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Association of Zoos & Aquariums, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Collaborate to Reimburse Costs of Caring for Endangered Species During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Association of Zoos & Aquariums, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Collaborate to Reimburse Costs of Caring for Endangered Species During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have entered into a cooperative agreement to implement Section 6003(a)(2) of Public Law (P.L.) 117-2, the American Rescue Plan Act. The enacted language of Section […]

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