Gudrun gets to town every couple of weeks to update all of us. She doesn’t have Internet at Pilpintuwasi. We are trying now to catch up with all the news From Pilpintuwasi and the Amazon Animal Orphanage and hope it will be easier now that we’ve added a blog to the site.
When she gets visits town on Tuesday and Friday and has to fit in shopping, paperwork with the ecological police or the institute of natural resources, take care of medicinal needs for the animals, try to send an update for the Web site, etc.
There are quite a few new faces at Pilpintuwasi. Here are a few pictures of the newcomers.
Lucy the two toed sloth. Lucy, a two-toed sloth, was sent to Pilpintuwasi by an organisation called “Unidos por los animales (UPA)” who were contacted by a lady that had found the animal on a roof in one of the slums of Lima.
Unfortunately an American zoo is desperately trying to get some red Uakaris for their exhibition and have been paying hunters in the Amazon to kill female adult monkeys so they could get hold of their babies. We managed to get four of those babies from the ecological police and they are being spoiled by the other monkeys — who partly adopted them — and by the staff of Pilpintuwasi.
The second picture shows Lisa, one of the new red Uakaris, who’s about nine months old. My big male Uakaris are now adult and unfortunately very jealous and territorial, so we had to build a cage for them. They are still very friendly and extremely nice to women, but they want to be the only males at Pilpintuwasi, and after we had some problems — a guide was bitten by Nico — we decided to keep them in a cage from Tuesday to Sunday. Their only day off now is Monday, and that’s a big headache for all.
We would like to reproduce the red Uakaris as there is almost nothing known about them and they are in danger of extinction. To be able to protect both visitors and monkeys I have a new dream, but it would take a considerable amount of money to do it. I’m thinking of building a wire mesh tunnel all over the walkway at Pilpintuwasi so people can go around inside that tunnel and see the animals acting normally in their natural habitat. Maybe it’s a crazy idea, but I don’t see another solution.
(Editor’s Note: This is a logical solution and is utilized around the world in varying degrees. Xcaret on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is practicing a version of this type of environmental care with various endangered species, including Sea Turtles.)
The third picture shows Juanita, one of our two coaties and we have Negrita a Sakimonkey who was dropped by ecological plice and now has a broken leg. (She is one of three Saki monkeys at Pilpintuwasi, along with Florian, the young adult male.)
During this year we had some very nice volunteers who helped me a lot and I would like to thank them here:
- Anne Kathrin from Germany
- Shawna from Canada
- Katie from Australia who, as a trained zookeeper taught us a lot about enrichment
- Geert and Heidi from Belgium
- Louise, Robin, Miriam, Carola and another very nice Italian woman
- I also want to say thank you for the donations from Mrs Demeter Kraanj and from Ms. Irene from Poland
- I have been talking to Molly the founder of Amazon CARES , who has just been in Iquitos for a few weeks, but was very busy, and she promised me to send the donations next week.
Love from all of us