With the Coronavirus Covid-19 now an international pandemic, I think it is time someone start a conversation about the affects and implications it has on conservation/zoos. There are two main questions to consider: Firstly what are the short term affects on conservation projects and zoos. An early example is my local Woodland Park Zoo has shuddered all indoor areas for fear of virus spread. Many countries are implementing travel bans and quarantines which will inevitably impact conservation projects worldwide. It is worth considering the transitional phase we are at with the pandemic, it is still in its early stages. Depending on how containment efforts go it is only a matter of time before efforts switch from containment to treatment IMO, at which point travel restrictions and closures will be lifted, however this may take many months. Secondly what will the affect be for endangered species in the long term. The zoological/conservation world is intrinsically intertwined with the origins of this outbreak, namely the fact that it almost certainly originated from wildlife at the Huanan wet market in Wuhan China. These open air meat markets have been a massive problem for both health officials and conservationists for decades. The Chinese government has banned the wildlife trade for now, but so did it during the SARS outbreak before rolling it back later. There is also significant evidence the Pangolins were the transmitter species for the virus (China Focus: Pangolins a potential intermediate host of novel coronavirus: study - Xinhua | English.news.cn), with a 99% match in covid strain. This is not definitive however (When disinformation is a bigger threat than the coronavirus (commentary)). It is important for all of us to combat missinformation in these complex times, so please provide sources whenever possible! Here are some interesting reads on the topic: China’s Ban on Wildlife Trade a Big Step, but Has Loopholes, Conservationists Say Latest on COVID-19 Opinion | Coronavirus: Revenge of the Pangolins? Coronavirus closures reveal vast scale of China’s secretive wildlife farm industry https://www.washingtonpost.com/opin...not-its-time-crack-down-illegal-animal-trade/ Unfair press for the pangolin? Brookfield Zoo experts fear possible coronavirus links may further threaten this at-risk animal.