Tigers, Transmission, and Testing

Episode 110 of Open Ninth

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

In this episode

Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Moderator and Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. has served as a Circuit Judge since 2011. He was elected as Chief Judge and will start his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Open Ninth Guest Dino Ferri
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.