Silvano Gianni is the executive director. He explains :
Although we are 1,000 kilometers from the Pantanal, we have received two injured jaguars since the fires started in this area. They were transferred by van here for treatment due to severe burns. They are currently receiving conventional medical treatments which are funded by our partners.
One of the jaguars, whom we named Amanaci, arrived very burnt, she could not move: her lesions were deep, there was hardly any flesh on her legs, the bones were visible. The other jaguar, called Ousado, arrived two or three days later and was in better health, his injuries were second-degree. He is almost ready to return to nature. The problem is, its habitat caught fire. So we are thinking about a reintroduction project for him, in the area where he was, giving him food so that he can survive.
This is the first time that we have received jaguars in such critical health conditions. They probably would have died if they hadn’t been transferred here. For us they are symbolic, they are two icons of the struggle for preservation.
On September 22, during his speech broadcast at the opening of the virtual United Nations General Assembly, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the fires ravaging the Amazon and the Pantanal and accused indigenous farmers of being. originally. However, for the time being, in the Pantanal, the Federal Police are concentrating their investigations around five large farmers, suspected of having set fire to the vegetation to transform it into a grazing area. The Brazilian president also complained that the government is the victim of a “brutal campaign of disinformation” regarding the fires.
On September 14, the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, where the Brazilian Pantanal is located, declared themselves in a state of calamity. This measure makes it possible to mobilize more resources and materials to deal with the emergency. In the same week, the government released nearly 13.9 million reais (2.1 million euros) in aid to help the two states in their fight against the fires.
Article written by Maëva Chicken