Animal Planet has announced a new documentary The Zoo: COVID-19 And Animals, which seeks to explore the effects of coronavirus on animals.
The special will see Dave Salmoni, Animal Planet’s big cat expert, talking to a number of experts, from the World Health Organization to wildlife biologists, in order to find out how COVID-19 is affecting animals and what pet owners can do to safeguard them.
The issue came to forefront when a four-year-old Malayan tiger tested positive for COVID-19 at Bronx Zoo in New York.
The documentary will feature chief veterinarian of Bronx Zoo, who will give an update on the big cats and their treatment, and also Dr Peter Embarek from WHO’s COVID-19 Task Force, who works particularly on all aspects of the virus related to animals.
In a statement, Salmoni said, “When news about Nadia the tiger came out the questions immediately began; what about my pets? How do I keep my animals and family safe? We’re going to answer these questions and more through this documentary.”
“We’re speaking to a wide range of experts from the World Health Organization, to wildlife biologists, to veterinarians. We are at war with this disease and so we get down to the nitty-gritty, and discuss practical questions about daily lives with our pets,” he added.
Sai Abishek, Director Content, Factual & Lifestyle Entertainment South Asia, Discovery, said, “We have been the forefront of busting myths around novel Coronavirus with international documentaries. With this latest film, we take a hard look at how animals are being treated during such a crisis and the safety measures that can be taken to keep both, the people and their pets healthy.”
The Zoo: COVID-19 And Animals will premiere on May 17 on Animal Planet, Animal Planet HD and Discovery Plus app.