At the beginning of December 2019, a new coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) named the disease, COVID-19, which references the type of virus and the year it emerged. In March 2020, the WHO declared the virus a pandemic as it rapidly spread across the world. Left uncontained, the virus spreads exponentially, with the number of people infected doubling on an almost daily basis.
Whilst we race to understand and manage COVID-19, our major focus is on how the virus spreads between humans. This is a major global concern with enormous implications for people, trade and the economy the world over. However, we also have a responsibility to protect gorillas and other wildlife from the potential dangers of COVID-19. Park rangers and community volunteers urgently need these items to continue monitoring and protecting mountain gorillas without putting them at risk from COVID-19.
1. Training of park staff to protect gorillas during the coronavirus and other similar respiratory disease outbreaks. 2. Training of park staff and Gorilla Guardians on monitoring of gorilla health 3. Training of Village Health and Conservation Teams (VHCTs) to help communities take measures to prevent the COVID-19 infection including in villages where gorillas forage in community land. 4. Distribution of posters to display in key places around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Your support will help to ensure protection for the people and the gorillas that come into close contact with humans, by minimizing the spread of coronavirus amongst people and between people and gorillas.
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