Bolivian Wildlife Sanctuary in Desperate Search for Aerial Firefighting Help

Protected areas important to the region's biodiversity threatened by runaway blazes.1

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Just 186 miles (300 km) from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the province of Guarayos in Bolivia’s Santa Cruz department is at the center of some 5,000 wildfires raging in the country. In valleys and hills behind a mountain is the Ambue Ari Wildlife Sanctuary of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) a Bolivian non-profit which is sheltering some 500 rescued animals of 39 different species, many endangered, all of them now under threat of a rapidly expanding wildfire that threatens to extinguish lives of across species.

The fires have overwhelmed all current . . .

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