Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda are all closing their national parks, home to the endangered mountain gorillas and other great apes, amid fears that the animals may be exposed to the COVID-19 virus by visiting tourists. The great apes currently being protected in these national parks – gorillas and chimpanzees – are genetically very closely related to humans. This threat of potential contagion from humans is real.
The full story is available at: Mongabay.com. National parks in Africa close over COVID-19 threat to great apes.