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According to Panthera, a global wild cat Conservation organization, recent wildfires in Brazil have harmed jaguar habitats and up to 600 jaguars were negatively impacted, according to a recent email from the group.

Recently, a male jaguar that had suffered burned paws was released back into the wild after recovering from injuries. Fernando Tortato, Jaguar Program Conservation Scientist for Panthera, managed the release of the jaguar back into the wild. 

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The injured jaguar, named Ousado, was rescued by Tortato and Panthera. He received treatment at a local veterinary hospital.

See Ousado’s release back into the wild, below:

“The Pantanal is under siege from wildfires. Over 1 million hectares have already burnt, more than 10% of the region. Brazil’s Pantanal is a unique ecosystem and has the world’s largest flooded forested grasslands, but when I look around some areas, all I see is burned soil peppered with a few bare trees,” wrote Rafael Hoogesteijn, MS, DVM, Conflict Program Director, Jaguar Program, in a recent blog about the fires.

Howard Quigley, Conservation science executive director for Panthera and member of the IUCN. Cat Specialist Group, told Mongabay, “In the big picture of range-wide viability of jaguars, this can be seen as just another blip on the radar of jaguar survival, having very little overall impact. On the other hand, jaguars are enduring the metaphor of death by a thousand needle wounds, and this is a big one. Jaguar survival is strongly tied to two things: the security of the core populations … and the movement of jaguars through the land between the cores, or corridors, the overall combination of which is the Jaguar Corridor,” Quigley added. “Looking just at the Pantanal, these fires certainly don’t aid in the security of the Pantanal jaguar population.”

Read more about jaguars in One Green Planet, including the 500 jaguars left homeless in 2019 due to fires. 

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