Wildlife Health Specialist Group


Commissioned by the IUCN Species Survival Commission to serve as a first response for wildlife health concerns across the world.

Great apes, COVID-19 and the SARS CoV-2

Great apes, COVID-19 and the SARS CoV-2


Joint Statement of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group, Section on Great Apes: The purpose of this document is to update great ape site managers, researchers, tourism operators and others of the potential risk posed by a coronavirus now called SARS CoV-2 and the disease it causes in humans (COVID- 19). The statement is available in English, French and Spanish via: http://www.primate-sg.org/covid-19