2006: November

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.

I’m so happy about this donation: We 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!

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.

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, including Igor the howler monkey, a giant caterpillar, Pauly, one of the caimins and Pedro, which is 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.

Love, Gudrun


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.
Baby tapir at the Amazon Animal Orphanage. 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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