Since mid-July, a fire has been raging in the wetlands of west-central Brazil, leaving in its aftermath a huge charred desolation bigger than New York City. The fires have wrecked nearly 12% of the world’s largest tropical wetland, partially reducing to ashes one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. The Pantanal, which also covers areas of Bolivia and Paraguay, is home to roughly 1,200 vertebrate animal species, including 36 that are threatened with extinction. The region is home to rare birds and the world’s densest population of jaguars. A team of veterinarians, biologists and local guides arrived in late August, trying to save whatever injured animals they could.
Source- Hindustan Times.0