April 1, 2006
Right now I just wanted to send you some pictures of the latest arrivals — Argus and Junior. Argus (shown below) is a Howler Monkey and Junior (above) is a Capuchin.
Two weeks ago we received the donations from Girls Down Under in Australia and now people in the village are making the fence posts for us; we already bought 100 posts and 10 rolls of barbed wire and nails to be able to begin. So next week we’re going to start the work.
Howler monkeys are named and known for the loud, guttural howls that they routinely use at the beginning and end of the day. They are the loudest animal in the New World and while their howl is not a piercing sound, it can travel for three miles through dense forest. Howlers grow to be about two to four feet tall and weigh from eight to twenty-two pounds. They have big necks and lower jaws, where their super-sized vocal cords are housed.
I just have to tell you some things before I go out to Pilpintuwasi again—I have to go in ten minutes before it gets too dark.
Well, I’d rather hear bad news first, so here they are: Our “Negro,” the manatee, died last Tuesday. On Monday in the afternoon, he was still OK and eating well, and the next day in the morning we found him dead between the water hyacinths.
We called the vet, but when he arrived, it was too late to give any diagnosis. I’m very sad and also worried because we don’t know what actually happened to Negro.
Now the good news: We have practically finished the fence—just the doors and the signs are missing.
And the other good news: The little monkeys are growing well — AND we got a tiny red uacary monkey! Those monkeys are extremely delicate when they are babies and I just hope he/she survives.
Pauly (right) is already looking better. We just cannot leave her with the monkeys outside — Chavo would carry her away and look after her, but not feed her enough. (S)he arrived at 400g and needs lots of baby milk.
The other pictures are of Igor and Argus are howlers and little Junior, who is a real little devil!
More good news: I just got an e-mail from Sonia Guillen, of the bio archaeological society — she has 100$ for us.
I’ve already sold all the butterfly necklaces with the wood and half of the others (these were made by Jade and the Girls on Top from Australia).