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Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

The Wild World of COVID

How does a popular Central Florida attraction keep both staff and animals safe during a pandemic?

Find out as Chief Judge Don Myers speaks to Dino Ferri, CEO of Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, about planning, preparing, and protecting the zoo and its visitors for the foreseeable future. They also explore how zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 can spread between animals to humans. From tigers to pigs to housecats and beyond, this conversation explores how the human, animal, and viral kingdoms overlap.

Show Notes

  • 1:21 - Dino Ferri’s experience working with zoos
  • 3:08 - Pet stores, conservation, and reptiles
  • 4:50 - Zoonotic diseases, salmonella and human-animal transmission
  • 7:15 - COVID-19 in tigers and staff at the Bronx Zoo
  • 9:15 - COVID-19 in domesticated cats and dogs
  • 10:42 - Animals at risk – primates, pigs, small carnivores
  • 12:20 - Safety measures at the Central Florida Zoo
  • 15:57 - Safety of the animals and the zoo’s financial stability
  • 16:59 - Adapting to the situation as we learn more
  • 18:30 - No cases of COVID-19 at the Central Florida Zoo
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Episode 110

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 20:28



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Dino Ferri

Chief Executive Officer of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Dino has over 20 years of experience in zoos and aquariums and currently serves as the CEO for the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens.