This pandemic has taught us that we can no longer afford to underestimate the potential impact of zoonotic diseases. But what can we do to prevent these outbreaks from occurring in South Africa in the future?
- STOP interacting with captive wildlife.
- AVOID unnecessary contact during husbandry activities with wildlife in captivity.
- STOP the slaughter of captive lions in South Africa for hunting trophies and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Instead of opting for the quick gratification of interacting with wildlife kept in enclosures, rather visit one of the many beautiful national parks or reserves that South Africa is renowned for and experience these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Keep it safe. Keep it wild.