The pandemic has challenged zoos is several ways, among them the vulnerability of zoo animals to COVID-19 infections. New scientific modelling suggests even more species of animals kept in zoos are at high risk of COVID-19 infection. In addition, steep revenue losses caused by lock-downs and closures have left zoos worldwide struggling to care for and feed hungry animals. Amidst calls for governments to step in to help financially vulnerable zoos, proposals to rethink the way we handle captive animals could transform zoos in fundamental ways.

This month’s Human-Animal Studies Report takes on “The ‘Zoo’ in Zoonotic: Will COVID-19 Infections and Financial Considerations Trigger Change for Zoos?,” highlighting the vulnerability of zoo animals to COVID-19 infections and considering whether or not pandemic-related issue might prompt significant changes in zoos as we know them. Read more….

The Report also covers Human-Animal Studies funding and job opportunities; new books, book chapters and journal articles; and calls for proposals for conferences and publications.

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Photo Credit: “Giving Tree: Help provide the Zoo’s animals with great enrichment items” by Smithsonian’s National Zoo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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