September 17, 2006
Today I got an e-mail from Sonia Guillen — the head of the bio archaeological society here in Peru — and she sent me a $1,000 donation thanks to the website!
Unfortunately I have no idea who the people are who sent the check to help us, and I don’t know if we can find out. I’ll ask Sonia, but she may not be able to get the names of the donors.
If it’s not possible to find out, could we thank them and all the people who donated during 2006. when you do another updating.
I’ll try to send you some pictures within the next few weeks — we haven’t got any newcomers, but maybe there’s something else interesting.
I’m so happy about this donation: Robler and I were worrying last week because high season is already over and we don’t have many visitors, but we do have lots of expenses (we just had to vaccine all the monkeys against rabies again (just in case — as they might carry rabies without showing/getting it) and we still have to buy baby food for the young ones, and vitamins, etc) so this money comes like it fell from heaven — just in time!
Thanks so much to everyone has has helped. We wish everyone all the best for them and their families.
November 15, 2006
Here are new pictures of Pedro Bello—whom everyone has seen on our site—and also of Igor, the howler monkey, a giant caterpillar we found and fed and are now waiting to see what’s it going to turn into, Pauly, the baby and one of the caimans.
I’m sending these pictures of Pedro especially for my twin sister Elke. She’s a teacher for special needs children; one of her students loves Jaguars and with her mother’s help, she visits the Internet and our website. We would like to thank Kathrin Preimesberger for her interest in Jaguars in general and her love for Pedro in particular.
We wish Kathrin, her family, and all visitors to this site a Happy Holiday Season.
Four species of tapir exist on the planet today. All are closely related, although one — the Asian (often called Malayan) tapir — lives in Southeast Asia, while the other three live in the Americas.
The Baird’s tapir lives in Mexico and Central America, and has been found in the northernmost areas of Colombia; the lowland (often called Brazilian) tapir lives in the rain forests of South America; and the mountain tapir lives in the high cloud forests and paramos of the northern Andes of Colombia and Ecuador.
Tapirs are related to the primitive horse and to the rhinoceros. Prehistoric tapirs inhabited Europe, North America and Southeast Asia, including China, with no remains having been found on the continents of Africa, Australia, or Antarctica.
Ancient tapirs would not have looked much different from their cousins of the present day, although their noses didn’t grow to the present length until the last few million years. Although we don’t know much about their ancient migration patterns, tapirs did migrate from Central to South America across the Panamanian Land Bridge 2-3 million years ago.
All baby tapirs have striped-and-spotted coats for camouflage, and while they appear at first glance to be alike, there are some differences among the patterns of different species. Most baby tapirs weigh approximately 15-25 pounds at birth.
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November 26, 2006
I have a few new pictures of the animals and some of the butterflies so that any donors can choose their favorite animals.
At Pilpintuwasi everybody is fine. We got another scarlet macaw last week. It flew against a friend’s window in town, she couldn’t find the owner, so she left it at our farm on Saturday.
I’ve put a big boa constrictor into the empty monkey cage that’s in the middle of the woods (the cage we have for the saddle back tamarinds). I found the boa just as it was killing one of our Agoutis. I couldn’t save the Agouti, but I took it away from the snake and gave it to Pedro.
The snake is about 2m long and as it could easily swallow one of our monkeys. I’m still not sure what to do with it, where to leave it, but I will send pictures in case anyone wants to see the Boa.
Although I’ve been living in the Amazon over 24 years now, I still cannot get much of a Christmas feeling in that heat and sunshine. I still have Austrian Christmas time in my mind: long, dark and snowy evenings, baking cookies with my mother, etc., and it’s very hard to get that cozy feeling when the sun is shining.
I’d better get moving as I have to go to the slaughterhouse and get some beef for Pedro.
Best wishes to you and your family and love from all of us.
December 16, 2006
I’m sorry I didn’t write any sooner—I’ve been quite busy at the university because it’s exam time and we had school classes visiting Pilpintuwasi and the Animal Orphanage.
Here are some new pictures of Chavo, little Pauly (the two red Uacaries), Zecke (the Saki monkey), Tony Piraña (the white Capuchin) and another of the boa constrictor we found in the Agouti (mother and baby above) cage killing one of the rodents. While I went for the camera, Robler took the Agouti out of the boa’s hold and then we carried the boa to the other end of our land.
The snake is about 2m long and quite heavy. We’ve found those boas several times at Pilpintuwasi, but this one is too big to leave around our rescued animals.
Here’s what hatched out of the big larva—a beautiful big beetle, as large as Roblar’s hand! I’m sorry I cannot remember its name, but it’s one of the kind collectors come looking for in the Amazon. Two beetles have hatched—we had three larva, so we’ll wait a little bit more to see if all of them hatch. The two that hatched looked completely alike, so I assume they are the same sex and we released them already.
When the first one hatched (inside our hatchery) it was a big surprise: When we went to clean the caterpillars’ cages in the early morning, that big beetle was “waiting for us” at the door, opening and closing his ‘claws, pincers’ (or how one calls them) in a very aggressive way. As Robler said, he seemed to be the caterpillars’ body guard.
We wish you and all the people who are helping Pilpintuwasi to be able to take good care of the animals a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2007.