Over 2 million animals already died in Bolivia wildfire

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Carcasses of burned animals in the Bolivian forest

Environmental experts said on Wednesday that over two million wild animals already died within weeks of Bolivia wildfire.

Chiquitania tropical savanna located in the east of the country was also destroyed. 

“We have consulted the biologists of Chiquitania and we have exceeded the estimate of more than 2.3 million missing animals in many protected areas,” Santa Cruz University Professor San Quiroga told AFP. 

Biologist investigating the extent of damage said victims of the wildfire were mainly wild cats, including Latin American ocelots, pumas, and jaguars, as well llamas, deer, and smaller forest animals such as anteaters, badgers, lizards, tapirs and rodents. 

Meanwhile, carcasses of burned animals in the smoldering woodland were shown in local media while birds fleeing to zones survived the flames. 

Since August, the fires have already destroyed four million hectares (10 million acres) of the primary forest, leaving it completely devastated. Damages also extend over 100 hectares in the Tucavaca which was preserved  in the eastern Santa Cruz department. 

“The forest is totally charred and the damage is irreversible. It will never get back to normal,” said Quiroga.

Out of the nine departments of Bolivia, the eastern department of Santa Cruz has been the most affected area since the fires started in May. 

The government in Bolivia has sent helicopters, 5,000 firefighters, soldiers, police, as well special firefighting planes, a Supertanker Boeing 747 and a Russian Ilyushin, but they were able to completely extinguish the wildfire. 

Toxic red haze in Sumatra, Indonesia

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, particularly in the island of Sumatra in India, toxic red haze has been affecting the residents as well as other nations since July as hundreds of hectares of forest have been burned to the ground. 

Plantation owners burn lands that are not productive anymore in order for them to replant in the next season, causing plumes of suffocating smoke into the air.

Jakarta has already distributed ten of thousands workforces and water-bombing aircraft in response to slash-and-burn fires that are sweeping the agricultural lands. This is not  a bizarre happening to Indonesia, but since 2015 Indonesian haze,  this year is the worst because of the dry weather.

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