Prison volunteers help combat Brazil’s Pantanal wildfires | AFP

Eliseu dos Santos is both sad and proud — after already spending ten years in prison, he now forms part of a volunteer brigade alongside another ten fellow inmates who fight fires and carry out other essential tasks to mitigate the effects of the forest fires that have devastated the Brazilian Pantanal and its wildlife.

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Brazilian vet brigade tries to save animals from devastating fires | AFP

As the fires continue to rip through the Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, a special brigade of voluntary vets is delivering fruits and water to protect wild animals from starving and dehydration.

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Animal carcasses lay testimony to fires raging through Brazil wetlands | AFP

Animal carcasses litter the surroundings of the Transpantaneira road, which crosses the Pantanal in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, after raging fires consumed part of the world’s largest tropical wetland.

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Forest fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands | AFP

Firefighters combat forest blazes in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, as fires in the region have nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year. The number of forest fires in the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands, has nearly tripled in 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to satellite data released Thursday. Brazil’s national space agency, INPE, identified 3,506 fires from January 1 to July 22 in the Pantanal, a 192 percent increase from 2019 and the most for the period since records began in 1998.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, July 26th: Body of Rep. John Lewis makes final Selma bridge crossing; Tropical storm Hanna drenches South Texas; Brazil’s Pantanal region burns; Actress Olivia de Havilland dead at 104.

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Images of damage caused by wildfires in Bolivia’s Pantanal forest | AFP

Images of animals in the burned rainforest of the Pantanal de Otuquis National Park, in Bolivia. IMAGES

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Aerial images of damage caused by wildfires in Bolivia’s Pantanal | AFP

Aerial images show how blazes that have raged largely unchecked over the past month in Bolivia have devastated large swaths of forest and grassland. IMAGES

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Aerial images of Brazil wildfires in Mato Grosso do Sul | AFP

Wildfires hit Brazil’s Mato Grosso do Sul state. The aerial images show wildfires in two biomes of the midwestern state: the tropical savanna (Cerrado) and its wetlands (Pantanal). IMAGES

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