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PHX Zoo will vaccinate animals susceptible to COVID-19

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The Phoenix Zoo is the latest in the United States to vaccinate animals considered susceptible to getting COVID-19 from close contact with people.

Big cats such as Sumatran tigers, jaguars and African lions, many of the zoo’s primates like Bornean orangutans and tiny emperor tamarins, as well as Egyptian fruit bats, armadillos and two-toed sloths are among 75 animals to get their first shots.

Staff members are now giving the second jabs to serve as boosters. The big cats were vaccinated from a distance with the use of darts. No Phoenix Zoo animals have been detected with COVID-19.