Environment

The catastrophic effects of Pantanal fires on wildlife

As blazes continue to spread across the world's largest wetland, the region's fauna and flora could suffer irreversible impacts

Thousands of animals were killed by wildfires in the Pantanal wetlands. Photo: Christiano Antonucci/Secom/MT
Thousands of animals were killed by wildfires in the Pantanal wetlands. Photo: Christiano Antonucci/Secom/MT

After being ravaged by fire, Brazil’s Pantanal wetland is set to endure a long and severe period of famine, with several animal and plant species at risk of extinction. These are just some of the direct and indirect consequences for the biome, which has been burning out of control for over two months thanks to a series of forest fires that have already destroyed 23 percent of the Pantanal this year alone.

The potential impact for the fauna and flora in the Pantanal — the largest wetland in the world — are laid out in a report...

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