How do fires af­fect the an­i­mals liv­ing in the Ama­zon?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - NEWS FEATURE -

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.

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