Pilpintuwasi is happy to share that one of their newest members, Findus the ocelot, has been progressing in leaps and bounds in his health and wellbeing since coming to the butterfly house and animal rescue centre in June this year. Findus has taken up residence next door to Harry, a female ocelot who was brought to the centre in 2010 after being sold to a tourist on the Malecon in Iquitos.
Unfortunately adult ocelots continue to be hunted for their pelts, either to be used as wall hangings or in jewellery and accessories, while their young are taken for the pet trade or used in tourist attractions. Findus is a casualty of this cruel practice and had been taken from his mother while he still required the nutrition from her milk. Despite being a wild cat, Findus spent the first few months of his life being treated like a house pet, kept in the dark and was becoming increasingly ill due to a very poor diet. When Findus first arrived at Pilpintuwasi, he was severly underweight, weak and had suffered damage to his eyes.
Living between fifteen to twenty years in the wild, ocelots are carnivourous, living on a diet of fish, lizards, birds and small mammals. They are semi-aboreal making them excellent climbers and are mostly active at night. Ocelots live a mainly solitary lifestyle, only coming together every two years to mate. Unfortunately these beautiful animals will often use man-made trails when hunting and moving about the jungle making them easy prey for hunters.
When hunting, ocelots rely largely on their sense of smell and at Pilpintuwasi we use this to provide enrichment for our animals, giving them opportunities to find hidden food or enjoy a new smell in their enclosure using perfumes and spices. This helps the animals retain their natural hunting instincts and keeps their minds active throughout the day.
Over the past three months, Findus has doubled in size and regained much of his strength, health and eye sight due to the high quality care Gudrun and her team at Pilpintuwasi have provided for him. With the return of his health, Findus has grown in confidence and can now be seen exploring his enclosure and exhibiting many of his natural behaviours.
Pilpintuwasi is soley supported by the generosity of visitors and all entrance fees and donations go towards costly vetinary care, food and maintence of enclosures. With your support we can educate the local community and visitors alike regarding animal and nature conservation with the vision to one day see the end of animal exploitation and habitat destruction.