It is a great place to get a close-up look at animals, and an opportunity to help endangered, uncommon and fragile animals. The organization became an Official Rescue Center for endangered animals in the summer of 2004 and now the farm is home to some 20 animals, including:
Rosa the Giant Anteater, who is an orphan and belongs to an endangered species. Another younger anteater also lives at the Orphanage. They were both brought in by students. Rosa had been living in captivity and the student was concerned that the animal was not getting sufficient care.
- Chavo is a red-faced Huacary monkey, an endangered species that exists only in the flooded Amazon region. When he arrived at the Orphanage, he was skin and bones and had a broken foot due to a fall suffered when his mother was killed. Chavo has recovered well, and is now “King” of the Orphanage.
- Zeke and Florian are black Huacary monkeys that were given to the Orphanage – one by a neighbor, the other by a veterinarian. Zeke, the female, was dehydrated and had a severe infection. Florian weighed only 230 grams and was equally ill.
- Lolita, the tapir’s mother was killed, and the people who killed the mother tried raising the tapir baby. To keep her from escaping, they tied her feet with nylon fishing line, which cut into her feet and legs. The owners brought Lolita to the Orphanage to raise.
- Pedro Bello is a magnificent jaguar that a man bought from local people with the idea of selling it in Iquitos. He tried to do so for a month (without taking care of or feeding the poor animal), and then left him in Pilpintuwasi
Tony, the capuchin monkey, used to live with street children. A tourist happened to see him in his weakened condition, when he was so ill that he was almost unable to hang on to a little boy’s neck. The tourist gave the children some money and brought the animal to Pilpintuwasi. The little monkey had three different kinds of parasites, but is now healthy and developing well.A curious thing about Tony is that he seems to have been trained to steal: when people with earrings arrive at Pilpintuwasi, Tony climbs onto their shoulders immediately and takes their earrings!
“It is really inspiring to see how they manage all this, and how happy the animals are with them,” commented one impressed visitor.
Maintaining a project like Pilpintuwasi is not easy. Funding is scarce, and the need is enormous. Gudrun cannot afford to employ many people to help them in management of the orphanage so volunteers are enlisted.
For Pilpintuwasi, feeding Pedro Bello alone costs $250-300 dollars a month, which Gudrun covers with her salary teaching at the University of Iquitos (UNAP). If somebody helped to finance Pedro’s food, Pilpintuwasi would be able to rescue and maintain quite a few more animals, which now have to be rejected because of the lack of financial support. The government leaves confiscated animals at the farm, but it doesn’t provide any money for food, cages or veterinary care.
If you want to adopt the jaguar (you’ll get a plaque with your name on Pedro’s cage) or make a donation to this worthy project, please look for the PayPal links on their site.