Members of local communities directly affected by the fires have seen animals flee the blazes: “We saw wild pigs, tapirs, armadillos, anteaters, snakes in larger numbers than we are used to,” Adriano Karipuna, a leader in the Karipuna indigenous community, told The New York Times. “We saw the forest covered in smoke, and the sky become darkened. Our eyes became red due to smoke.”
Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported that 74,155 fires have broken out in the country from January to August, an increase of over 84 percent from the same period last year. So what can we do to help the wildlife affected? Here are a few actions you can take and help those in need.