News/Updates

News April 2015

It has been a very busy month at Pilpintuwasi, getting everything ready before our new animals to arrive. All the last bits and pieces are being done and soon we will let you know how our new monkeys are doing in their new homes.         Meanwhile, all our other animals are doing just fine! Chibolo the tapir seems to like his new home very much, Harry the ocelot enjoys her walks in the jungle in the company of our volunteers and finally, Felix, our teenage red uakari monkey has fallen in love with our volunteer Carrie! So,…

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Food for the Animals

Pgymy Marmoset

Questions frequently arrive about caring for our animals and how we use funds so here’s a quick overview. Details and cost of feeding the animals are detailed on our Contributions and Sponsorships pages. Breeding food for many of the animals is problematic as our monkeys are free and it would mean more labor and potential veterinarian problems (along with fees), so ultimately it would probably not be less expensive than buying food. We breed meal worms (Tenebrios) for some of the animals who need substantial protein in their diet. Fortunately, some of our project is self-sustaining, i.e. plants needed for…

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The Traveling Scholar

Notes from a The Traveling Scholar during his visit to Pilpintuwasi and the Animal Orphanage in 2013. In addition to checking out Belen Market and exploring Iquitos, we ventured off to explore  Pilpintuwasi. The orphanage is located a fair distance from the central part of Iquitos and involved a ride in a tuk tuk, followed by a 25 minute ride (at least) by boat to the farm’s entry point. Owl Butterfly As soon as we reached the entry way, we were greeted by howler monkeys and macaws and handed over a reasonable sum (S/. 20 each) to begin exploring the grounds. Unlike a…

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History of Iquitos

Iquitos (Listeni/ɪkɪtɵs/) is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest and the fifth-largest city of Peru. It is also the capital city of the Loreto Region and Maynas Province. Located in the Amazon Basin, the city borders the Amazon, Nanay and Itaya rivers. Its name in Iquito language translates to “the people.” Many mansions are decorated with exquisitely painted ceramic tiles imported from Portugal, and with mahogany shipped to Italy to be carved by skilled Italian artists, then shipped back to Iquitos. The city proper with its four districts has a population of 422,055; 462,783 live within the Iquitos Metropolitan Area,…

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Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm

The Amazon is profuse with many varieties of butterfly on show, including the highly colored and delicate Longwings and other Heliconids Swallowtails (papilios) Peirids Caligos (owl butterflies). The Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm is the only butterfly farm in Peru – and the farm is included on select guided tours. Butterfly farms in tropical rainforest areas are increasingly becoming another important factor contributing to a greater understanding of rainforests and their conservation. More than 40 species of the most colorful (and least dangerous) insects of the Amazon thrive at Pilpintuwasi. Visitors learn about the problems with finding a host plant for each…

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Animal Orphanage Official Custody Centre!

Gudrun Sperrer’s dream was to work with animals, including breeding one of the world’s most beautiful creatures — butterflies. She moved to Peru and started Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm where you will see the complete lifecycle and the impressive development of butterflies. Through the years, she has worked with a host of volunteers who also love nature, are conscious of the threats to flora and fauna, and along with them, we hope that our efforts will enable visitors to increase interest in and love of our natural world and help with conservation efforts. November 2004 WE ARE AN OFFICIAL CUSTODY CENTRE…

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From Captain Bill . . .

Excerpted from The Amazon Explorer’s Cub The official name is the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, but the locals know it as Pilpintuwasi, which means “home of the butterfly.” It is one of the favorite day trip destinations in Iquitos as it is located a short boat-ride away. Mototaxis in Iquitos. Take a mototaxi to Nanay Bellavista, which is worth a visit in itself! I found a lively, colourful market on the banks of the Nanay River, right at the point where it joins the Amazon. I arrived during the “high water” season, which is mistakenly believed to…

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Princesa’s Baby!

Princesa, one of our red Uakaris, has a baby!!! We knew that she was pregnant but didn´t tell anybody as it’s extremely rare that the Uakaris have offspring outside their natural habitat; I was quite worried wondering if Princesa would know what to do during, and especially after birth. Her mother was killed when she was a baby, she has never seen another female having a baby, nursing and carrying it. . . maybe she would want to get rid of that creature that gave her so much pain…those were my thoughts. Besides, nobody knew when the baby would be…

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Welcome to the Amazon!

Our many eMails and comments from supporters are now on this blog; here is a place to easily hear from you. We are moving earlier news to these pagesl  in the meantime, you can find news from 2004 through 2010 by clicking this link. Please visit us in Iquitos! Iquitos is situated near the confluence of the Nanay and Amazon rivers; Our butterfly farm and Animal Orphanage are on the banks of the Nanay River. IMPORTANT: More and more tourists think they are helping exotic animals by buying them from a random person on the street who claims to have “found…

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Volunteers

Project Description Pilpintuwasi is a wildlife rescue and temporary custody center located on 20 hectares of land in the village of Padre Cocha, 20 minutes outside of Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting animals affected by the poaching and trafficking industry which thrives in Iquitos. We work with the ecological police to take in animals confiscated from markets, airports and homes, which often arrive with injuries and malnourishment. Pilpintu(wasi) is a Quechua word meaning butterfly (home). The owner, Gudrun Sperrer, started in 1995 looking for host plants for butterflies. In…

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