15 Lions at Utah, Denver Zoos Test Positive for COVID

A total of 15 lions at Utah’s Hogle Zoo and Colorado’s Denver Zoo have tested positive for COVID. 

The 11 lions at the Denver Zoo were tested after exhibiting symptoms of “coughing, sneezing, lethargy and nasal discharge.” The tests came back positive. 

“There have been a number of big cats to come down with COVID-19 at zoos throughout the country, including our two tigers, Yuri and Nikita,” said Brian Aucone, Senior Vice President for Life Sciences for the Zoo on Monday. “Fortunately, the vast majority have fully recovered, and the upside is that there’s an established knowledge base for us to draw from to help treat our animals. We’ve been in touch with other zoos that have also recently managed COVID cases in their big cats to inform the care we’re providing.”

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