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Pilpintuwasi blog entry February 2017

Hello dear friends of Pilpintuwasi! Finally we have an update to give you an insight of what has been going on in our Rescue Centre during the last few weeks. Joining our already existing resident animals we have recently welcomed some new and very interesting individuals. One of our latest arrivals is Miti, a small wild cat native to Central and South America which is called Jaguaroundi. Miti came to us from Tarapoto where she was owned by a family who fed her well but kept her under terrible living conditions in a 1m square cage for approximately seven years….

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Happy New Year

Hello!!! Pilpintuwasi here with a little late greeting. Happy New Year!!! Here at Pilpintuwasi we want to send out a BIG heartfelt thank you to all the people who visited us last year, and also to all those who made donations – and of course our Jaguar sponsor. It was because all of you, we were able to take care of all our residents and provide them with care and a good home. Last year was considered a good busy year. We were even capable of providing a new bunch of animals with care and shelter. These are the animals…

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Update of 2016 ..and a Happy New Year!

First of all,a late but cordial "Happy new year" to all our friends,volunteers,ex-volunteers,sponsors and visitors. 2016 has been a very busy year for Pilpintuwasi and unfortunately I did neither have time nor have enough help from volunteers to update our page regularily.I apologize for that and want to tell you in a few words about the things that happened during last year. Sad things first-we lost some of our precious animals-Felix,our red Uakari male,who died after having been sedated and operated because of a big cut on his foot, Marco,the white Cappuchin, also left us and so did our darling…

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Article on Findus the Ocelot

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…

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The Real Pilpintuwasi

Please know that a previous employee of the refuge has recently set up a new butterfly house and is offering boat-drivers commission to take visitors to this alternative centre rather than the real Pilpintuwasi. The true centre offers homes to a number of rescued animals in addition to the butterfly house. These photos show the entrance to the true centre. Please ensure you follow our visiting directions as we would love to welcome you all to our centre during your visit to Iquitos   The entrance to Pilpintuwasi. Please ensure you are visiting the correct centre.    

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Wooly Monkey Wednesday

Here is an insight into the wooly monkey routine! Fabiola is the newest addition to the group and was rescued only a few weeks ago from a household environment in Iquitos where she was fed cookies and fizzy drinks. When she first arrived she was a timid individual which didn’t interact with the other members of the group nor with Pilpintuwasi workers. Now, however, she is much more comfortable and is often found basking in the sun. She also has learned how to get the most desirable fruits at feeding time by racing to the tables and snatching the most…

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Not all morphos are blue: Introducing Morpho theseus

Pilpintuwasi’s butterfly farm breeds 17 different species of butterfly including three species from the genera Morpho: the iconic Morpho Menelaus, Morpho Patroclus (a subspecies of the Morpho Achilles) and finally Morpho theseus. Butterflies have a very complex life which is composed of four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and butterfly. In total, from egg until death, their lifespan lasts on average 4-5 months however as a butterfly they will live only a couple of weeks. Within the farm we have created a mini eco-system for our 17 different butterfly species. Replicating their natural environment was a laborious task as…

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Fabiola: Escape from the Concrete Jungle

A new week in Pilpintuwasi and a new animal that needs rescuing. Fabiola, a juvenile common wooly monkey (Lagothrix) was brought to Pilpintuwasi after spending the first few months of her young life in a household environment being fed chocolate and fizzy drinks. This diet is obviously not a natural diet for wild animals so Fabiola is now being treated by our vet for digestive problems. She is receiving a varied diet of fresh fruits on which this species mainly feeds and also enjoys our ‘monkey balls’ which consist of a high protein cookie ground and mixed together with mashed…

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