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

September 15, 2021

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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

September 15, 2021

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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USDA Announces Proposed Framework for Advancing Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and Other Emerging Zoonotic Diseases through the American Rescue Plan

August 25, 2021

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USDA Announces Proposed Framework for Advancing Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and Other Emerging Zoonotic Diseases through the American Rescue Plan

August 25, 2021

On August 24th, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are dedicating $300 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to conduct surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging and zoonotic diseases in susceptible animals and build an […]

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Surveillance Data Shows White-Tailed Deer Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

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Surveillance Data Shows White-Tailed Deer Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

July 29, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently completed a study that analyzed serum samples from free-ranging white-tailed deer for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Results of the study indicate that certain […]

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Opportunity to Participate in Serosurvey of Non-Domestic Felids Vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2

June 10, 2021

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Opportunity to Participate in Serosurvey of Non-Domestic Felids Vaccinated for SARS-CoV-2

June 10, 2021

ZAHP is sharing information on a scientific study looking at response to a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine used in non-domestic felids. This opportunity is a chance for this community to acquire some baseline data regarding antibody response to vaccination. This information will […]

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COVID-19 Investigations of Big Cats at Zoos and Sanctuaries (OH-FICC Factsheet)

June 3, 2021

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COVID-19 Investigations of Big Cats at Zoos and Sanctuaries (OH-FICC Factsheet)

June 3, 2021

The One Health Federal Interagency COVID-19 Coordination (OH-FICC) Wildlife and Zoos Subgroup recently developed and released the factsheet COVID-19 Investigations of Big Cats at Zoos and Sanctuaries. This fact sheet is intended for owners and operators of zoos, sanctuaries, and wildlife […]

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ZAHP COVID-19 Impact Analysis Facility Survey

May 27, 2021

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ZAHP COVID-19 Impact Analysis Facility Survey

May 27, 2021

The Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership (ZAHP) is conducting a survey to collect more comprehensive data on the myriad of issues individual zoos, aquariums, and other managed wildlife facilities have experienced over the first year of response to COVID-19. […]

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