News/Updates

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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Welcome Genie!

Meet Genie, the saddleback tamarin monkey who recently arrived in Pilpintuwasi after being confiscated by the Ecological Police in Iquitos. When brought to Pilpintuwasi she was very dehydrated and lapped up the rehydrating liquid and devoured a banana followed by some maggots for dessert. We removed the rope with which she was tied by the waist and she was freed into her new enclosure. The veterinary checks proved that she was not suffering from any serious diseases or wounds. She was treated for parasites but will continue to be in quarantine for some time more until she is ready to…

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The Real Pilpintuwasi

  A warning for all of our visitors: There is a new butterfly house appropriately named ‘Mariposario Nuevo’ which has been in operation for many months. The founder, an ex-worker at Pilpintuwasi, works with guides on a commission based system and many visitors are decieved into visiting the new butterfly house whilst under the impression that they are visiting Pilpintuwasi. We have been told by people who have visited that they have been very disappointed with their tour as they saw very few butterflies and caterpillars. In Pilpintuwasi we are currently breeding 17 different species – we do not hunt…

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Alf the Tamandua: Pilpintuwasi’s Termite Control

Welcoming Pilpintuwasi’s newest arrival: Alf, a juvenile tamandúa (Tamandua tetradactyla), who was brought to the rescue centre a couple of weeks ago after being confiscated from illegal animal trade. Tamanduas are a type of anteater and are also known as Lesser Anteater because of their relatively small size in comparison to the Giant Anteater. These are primarily nocturnal animals and they feed on termites, ants and honey. Here in Pilpintuwasi Alf is given a ‘meat milkshake’, a high protein mixture which he loves to drink. In addition to this he feasts on termite nests which are delivered by our local…

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 Pilpintuwasi’s 10th Anniversary

On the 12th of December we celebrated Pilpintuwasi’s 10th anniversary of working in the protection and conservation of Amazonian fauna. The rescue centre was open to all with free entrance and with a program jammed full of activities for the day. Almost all the members of Padre Cocha village, old friends and new, young and old, came participate in the celebrations. Welcomed by local musicians playing cultural instruments, guests made their way to our newly refurbished education room to hear the founder Gudrun Sperrer’s presentation on the history and milestones of Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm and Animal Rescue Centre. This was…

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Season’s Greetings from Pilpintuwasi!

Pedro Bello was one of the first animals to arrive in Pilpintuwasi over 10 years ago. Gudrun found a wooden crate bound in wire abandoned at the gate. When she opened it she found Pedro, a young and malnourished jaguar cub. Now he is a strong, healthy adult and the ‘Bello’ of Pilpintuwasi.

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New Arrivals at Pilpintuwasi

    Even though we were only expecting 10 capuchin monkeys to arrive at Pilpintuwasi, in the end the number of new arrivals increased to 38. These animals have all been exploited and are products of illegal animal trafficking and, before coming to Pilpintuwasi, had never seen or experienced their natural habitat. We now have 9 black capuchins which are all young males and have been rescued from different places all over Peru. Their names are David, Mark, Neko, Pedrito, Loquito, Dr. Mel, Otto, Valentino and Wally. Julio, a young black capuchin that has been in Pilpintuwasi for longer, has also been…

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