In a shuttered Cairo zoo, keepers and animals keep each other company

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Giza Zoo keeper Mohamed Aly touches the hand of a chimpanzee called 'Jolia' as she reaches through the cage bars. Reuters

Giza Zoo was closed to visitors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Reuters

A tiger in its cage after Giza Zoo was closed to visitors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Reuters

A zoo keeper walks away after feeding animals at the closed Giza Zoo. Reuters

Giza Zoo keeper, Mohamed Rizq feeds a bear called 'Hany' after the zoo was closed to visitors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Reuters

A Giza Zoo keeper stops to look in the lions cage as he walks through the zoo that is devoid of visitors. Reuters

A lion is seen in its cage in Giza Zoo after it was closed to visitors. Reuters

A hippopotamus in its pen after Giza Zoo. Reuters

A lion looks out from its cage after Giza Zoo was closed to visitors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Reuters

A chimpanzee called 'Dodo' is seen in his cage after Giza Zoo was closed to visitors. Reuters

A capuchin monkey looks out from its cage in Giza Zoo after it was closed to visitors. Reuters

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April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020

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The chimpanzees, lions and hippos of Cairo's zoo are getting a rare spell of peace and quiet alone with their keepers as a closure caused by the coronavirus outbreak keeps the public away.

The zoo in Giza, across the Nile from central Cairo, is one of the few green spaces in the usually bustling city of 23 million and is often crammed with families seeking diversion from the grind of daily life.

Now keepers do their rounds at the zoo along deserted pathways, feeding animals apples and bananas through the railings of their cages and bringing fresh hay to their enclosures.

Veteran keeper Mohamed Aly holds hands with 12-year-old chimpanzee Jolia in a gesture of friendship, while noting that keepers are careful about cleaning hands between rounds.

"I've been here about 25 years," he said. "[I've spent] my whole life with them, they may not speak but they feel everything, and of course all of them are looking for people to play with."

Egypt, like other countries, is trying to curb the spread of coronavirus cases by restricting people's movements.

It has imposed a night curfew and shut schools, mosques and tourist sites including the pyramids. It has so far confirmed more than 850 cases of the virus, including more than 50 deaths.

The zoo, which has been closed along with others in Egypt since March 18, is sprayed with disinfectant twice a week.

Updated: April 3, 2020 05:45 PM

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