Thousands of wild animals die of thirst in Colombia´s Casanare

A summer without rain, global climate change, deforestation and poor management are among the causes blamed for the death of thousands of wild animals in Colombia´s Casanare in the past two weeks. Deaths of non-domesticated animals have ranged between 6,000 and 20,000.
Captura de pantalla 2014-03-30 a la(s) 11.50.37Emergency efforts have saved thousands more from death. And government crews are removing the thousands of rotting carcasses.
In other parts of Colombia, heavy rains have caused flooding.
Chigüiro, alligators, turtles and thousands more cattle have been lost.

Poor environmental practices by cattle companies, rice-producers and petroleum companies are all being examined as a result of the environmental tragedy.



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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

3 responses to “Thousands of wild animals die of thirst in Colombia´s Casanare”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    We must think globally when it comes to climate change or places like Casanare will continue to pay for the inaction of all, especially those in ‘developed’ countries who cause the most damage. Deforestation and exploitation of nature must be curbed. And as you point out, the situation could have been better managed, but this is a last resort – picking up the pieces once the damage has already been done.

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      It´s just too sad to see these animals suffering needlessly. I get that suffering is natural and part of all animal life, but this is so unncessary. So much blame to go around here: global climate change, poor forestatioin, oil companies. Think we need to do a little better than this.

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