500+ Jaguars Are Estimated To Have Lost Their Lives Or Habitat To Amazon Fires

Amy Pilkington 6 Oct 2019

These days, the news cycle moves so quickly that important issues fade from the spotlight, giving us a false sense that they're over. Not realizing a disaster is still ongoing doesn't make you a bad person, it just makes you a human in 2019.

So since the mainstream news has forgotten about it, please note that the Amazon Rainforest is still on fire.

The manmade disaster continues and environmental groups of all kinds are still doing what they can to help.

One of those groups is Panthera, whose focus is on conservation of the world's wild cat population.

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And they say that things aren't looking good for the jaguars that live in the South American rainforest.

In a recent statement, they increased their estimate of the number of cats who have died or been displaced by the fires from 100 to at least 500.

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Their estimate is based on their knowledge of jaguar population density in the affected areas.

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They combined that with data from the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research and the Environmental Secretariat of the Governor’s office of Santa Cruz that indicated how much of the forest had been destroyed in Brazil and Boliva so far.

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Even those who have survived the fire could die due to lack of food and shelter.


According to Dr. Esteban Payan, Panthera's South America Regional Director:

"The latest estimate suggests the fires could be responsible for the loss of habitat homes for at least 500 adult resident jaguars in Brazil and Bolivia, leaving them homeless or even dead alongside countless smaller and more abundant vulnerable species. Sadly, until the rains come, this number is likely to increase."

h/t: EcoWatch

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