The Zoological Society of T&T says none of the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo have shown any symptoms of the coronavirus.

The Zoological Society of T&T said yesterday that none of the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo have shown symptoms associated with the coronavirus.

The statement came after a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for COVID-19.

Yesterday, the society said since the closure of the zoo on March 15, employees at the Emperor Valley Zoo who interact with the animals, particularly the primates, have been undergoing health surveillance in line with COVID-19 guidelines and this has been continuing.

The society said since late 2019 they have been alert to the presence of a new coronavirus strain and its preparations were in line with the response to MERS and SARS before and it has also been in regular contact with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and other global partners including the Zoological Association of America (ZAA).

The society said it took the major step to close the Emperor Valley Zoo from Sunday, March 15 for one week initially. Since then the zoo remains closed despite other zoos around the word remaining open for business.

However, the society said after the zoo was identified as essential work in the context of the Stay-At-Home campaign and COVID-19 regulations, it has been operating on a revised shift system to ensure that animals are fed and looked after, and the facilities are secured and sanitised.

It has been in consultation with the Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries on the likely impact of the development at the Bronx Zoo where the tiger tested positive for the virus and what it could mean for other animals. The Zoological Society said it would also be guided by the Ministry of Health regarding its operations.