Audubon joins zoos and aquariums across the country in vaccinating animals against COVID-19

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Even the animals at the Audubon Zoo are going ‘Sleeves Up’ against COVID-19.

Audubon Zoo's gorillas and orangutans are in the process of receiving their first dose of the animal COVID-19 vaccine thanks to the company Zoetis.

The new vaccine has been authorized for use on a case-by-case basis by the United States Department of Agriculture and the appropriate state veterinarians.

"It's very important to us to protect our animals against COVID-19 and the Delta variant," said Audubon's Senior Veterinarian Bob MacLean. "We have been evaluating the scientific literature on animal susceptibility throughout the pandemic, and we are eager to protect our animals."

The vaccine maker donated more than 11,000 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to be used in 100 mammals in nearly 70 zoos, conservatories, sanctuaries, academic institutions, and government organizations across 27 states.