As I mentioned in a previous post, fire is rarely cited as a significant threat to wildlife. Of course, it is acknowledged as a threat to habitat…which means it is a threat to wildlife.
I’ve just made a couple of simple maps here using NASA MODIS data and QGIS mapping software to illustrate just how important fire is in conservation. One is of Zambia and the other shows Africa south of the northern DRC border.
Burned area extent in Zambia from January – July 2017; green areas indicate National Parks. Note the difference between Kafue National Park (the big one on the left) and South Luangwa National Park (the big one on the right); they have different conservation programmes. Which do you think is more successful, looking at this data? Data: NASA MODIS, software: QGIS