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Following COVID outbreaks in zoos, Centre orders states to shut all tiger reserves

Latest in a string of COVID-19 outbreaks in zoos across India, the Indian government has ordered the temporary closure of all tiger reserves to visitors. Following the death of a COVID-positive lioness a few days previously, the National Tiger Conservation Authority, which is part of the government’s environment ministry, issued its order on Monday, June 7. Reportedly, the order said that the newest case of COVID-19 infection in a zoo animal indicates the high possibility of illness transfer from sick human persons to captive wild animals. In tiger reserves, a similar transfer could occur. All tiger reserves must close for tourism operations till further notice, according to the directive, to prevent tigers and other wildlife from being ill.

Environment Ministry orders all states to close all tiger reserves 

According to reports, the current outbreak occurred at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, better known as the Vandalur Zoo, in the southeastern metropolis of Chennai,…

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