The coronavirus pandemic has halted tourism, and animals are benefiting from it

Where the deer and the antelope play. . . . .

(Washington Post illustration; iStock) By Drew Jones April 3 at 6:37 PM 

For many zoos and aquariums, the lack of guests has both opened up and forced them down new avenues. Some are now holding live streams for the public, expanding interactions with zookeepers through spaces like Facebook Live, and allowing their permanent animal residents to check in on some of their longtime neighbors.

Elsewhere, whole swaths of animal industries dependent on global tourism have been thrust into crisis mode, and many animal conservation efforts are facing uncertainty with the unprecedented decline in human and animal movement alike.

Animals on walkabout at the Toronto Zoo.

Natasha Daly, a writer for National Geographic who covers animal welfare, wildlife conservation and animal exploitation, says it’s too soon to tell how conservation will be affected by the lack of tourism. But she’s encouraged by the reality that for many people, humanity’s relationship to nature is now front of mind.

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