Facts and Information

about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Migratory Wildlife


Call for Proposals to the African Elephant Fund

The African Elephant Fund Steering Committee launches the tenth round of call for proposals to the African Elephant Fund. The purpose of this call is to allow African Elephant Range States to seek emergency funding to address elephant conservation challenges related to COVID 19 and to support the implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan.

08 June 2020

Great Apes May Be Susceptible to COVID-19

Experts have concluded that great apes may also be susceptible to COVID-19. Both the IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group emphasize that, while there are no reported cases of great apes having been infected, it is safe to assume that they are susceptible to COVID-19. Previous studies have shown that great apes are susceptible to infection with human respiratory pathogens.  The Gorilla and the Chimpanzee are protected under the Convention on Migratory Species.

21 April 2020

Opinion: Far from Being our Enemies, Bats Need Protection now more than ever

As efforts are stepping up around the world to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), there are alarming reports that some communities and governmental authorities are targeting the wrong enemy:  bats.  Not only will killing bats not stop COVID-19; it could also do irreparable harm to a mammal which poses no risk to human health in its natural environment, and which provides enormous benefits including pollination, seed dispersal and pest control.  

09 April 2020