Amazon Wildfire Sanctuary

Juan Pablo Ampudia, Mexico

Nothing in the Amazon is adapted to deal with the fires raging across parts of Bolivia and Brazil—most set intentionally to clear forest for agriculture. To date in the Chiquitanía region around Santa Cruz, six million acres of forest have burned. The toll the blazes are taking on the Amazon’s wildlife may never be known. Still, eyewitness accounts illustrate the consequences for individual animals—and the tremendous effort of the people trying to help. A rescue center, called Centro de Rescate para Víctimas de Incendios Biotermal opened in a small hotel in Aguas Calientes, a town of about 900 people outside Santa Cruz, Bolivia. They’ve rescued and treated 100 animals so far, and are out in the fire zones every day looking for more.

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