Brazilian Pantanal, World’s Largest Wetland, Suffers Devastating Loss of Wildlife from Historic Wildfires

HeadlineSep 15, 2020

In Brazil, thousands of fires in the world’s largest wetland have scorched more than 5.8 million acres of some of the planet’s most biodiverse land. The fires in the Brazilian Pantanal are often set to clear land for logging and farming, but have been exacerbated by severe climate change-fueled drought.

Conservationists say historic fires this year have caused a devastating loss of wildlife — including endangered species — as animals including jaguars, rare birds and reptiles have been charred or starved to death.

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