After tiger at New York zoo catches coronavirus, Fargo zoo takes extra precautions

Sally Jacobson, Red River Zoo's executive director, talks about extra precautions the zoo is taking to stay healthy. Derek Murray / WDAY

FARGO — After a tiger at a New York zoo tested positive for coronavirus, the Red River Zoo in Fargo is taking extra precautions.

The Red River Zoo has split their essential staff into teams of two that aren't at the zoo at the same time.

Executive director Sally Jacobson said even though it's rare for animals to get COVID-19, there's no such thing as being too prepared.

"We're giving a deeper clean to all of our holding areas, and instituting social distancing with our cats," she said.


With the coronavirus pandemic still in flux, Jacobson said she isn't taking any chances, even after the zoo reopens.

"I'm not seeing much reason to be concerned with (animals catching coronavirus) yet, but again, things seem to keep rapidly changing with COVID," she said. "You just really have to be on top of it."

Jacobson hopes to reopen the zoo about two weeks after the pandemic stops spreading.

A 4-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo caught the virus, and possibly infected other tigers and a lion.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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