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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.

Please see the CDC’s Guidance to Reduce the Risk of SARS-CoV-2 Spreading between People and Widlife 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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