Climate Change

Mexico's Wildlife Suffers Amid Heat Wave and Drought

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In the midst of a relentless heat wave and drought in Mexico, wildlife is suffering as birds and monkeys struggle to cope with the extreme conditions. NGOs are playing a crucial role in rescuing and providing care for distressed animals, such as howler monkeys falling victim to heatstroke in the southern part of the country. The government, on the other hand, is primarily focused on cooling down animals in state-run zoos, resorting to measures like feeding lions frozen meat popsicles.

Wildlife biologist Gilberto Pozo and his team from the COBIUS group have been working tirelessly to save howler monkeys in the worst-hit areas like Tabasco, where many primates have succumbed to dehydration and heatstroke. The intense heat, exacerbated by a heat dome over the southern Gulf of Mexico and Central America, has caused temperatures to soar across the country, impacting wildlife in central and southern regions especially. NGOs like the Biodiversity Conservation of The Usumacinta group are crucial in these efforts, as they step in to save and stabilize animals when government resources are limited.

As the environmental crisis unfolds, various wildlife parks and NGOs are struggling to provide necessary care and resources for the affected animals. In La Huasteca, temperatures reached alarming levels of around 50 degrees Celsius, leading to a mass rescue operation for birds suffering from heat stress, dehydration, and malnutrition. The situation is dire, with birds dropping dead in flight and newborns facing significant challenges due to the harsh conditions.

Despite the challenges, there are glimmers of hope as individuals and organizations rally to help the distressed wildlife. By providing air-conditioned rooms, frozen treats, and specialized care, efforts are being made to mitigate the effects of the heat wave and drought on Mexico's diverse wildlife population. Claudia Sheinbaum, the environmental scientist set to take office as Mexico's next president, offers a promising outlook for prioritizing environmental conservation and addressing the urgent needs of the country's wildlife when she assumes office.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09