How do fires affect the animals living in the Amazon?
Fast-moving species such as birds and large mammals can escape fires, but slower-moving species like some amphibians and insects may perish. Even once the fire has gone out, the remaining animals can suffer as their homes and food sources have been destroyed. Scientists from wild cat conservation charity Panthera estimate that at least 500 jaguars have died or been left homeless by fires in Brazil and Bolivia in 2019, a number that’s likely to rise. Wild animals that are moved out of their natural habitat may encounter humans more frequently and be killed for meat or illegal wildlife trade.