Helping animals affected by Amazon fires
As the Amazon fires rage on, we have been on the ground helping its animal victims. Thanks to your support, we can act quickly to be there for the animals that need us the most. With your help, we won’t forget them.
Tragically, over one million acres of the Amazon forest are still on fire; burning everything that comes into its path. The Amazon rainforest is home to an estimated 10% of the total biodiversity on the planet. With over 10,000 active fires, threatening thousands of animals, some species may never recover.
On the ground, we have encountered all kinds of animals that need our help. Fires have raged near homes with cats and dogs left inside. Snakes have been badly burned. And nearby one active fire, our team spotted a parrot’s nest dangerously close to the burning flames. Our number one priority right now is rescuing the animals we can and ensuring those that have been injured will be rehabilitated.
João Gonçalves, Communications Manager in World Animal Protection's Brazil office, was with the team for our on-the-ground assessment.
“From this experience, I can attest that wild animals are the forgotten victims of the fires. We estimate that millions of wild, even endangered, animals are being killed or suffering. There is no official wildlife rescue activity. The fire department’s main focus is to contain the fires, and wild animals end up falling behind. It is extremely challenging to get information on how many wild animals have been affected or injured by the fires.”
We visited animal intake centres that are receiving and treating injured wildlife, including a screening centre called CETAS which has been taking in many anteaters, sloths, and snakes, as well as hawks and owls. We also spoke with local dog and cat shelters, which are treating pets with respiratory illness caused by the smoke. We will continue working closely with local authorities and local partners to ensure all rescued animals get the care they need.
Read João’s day-by-day updates with pictures: