News/Updates

Thank You Volunteer Latin America

We just want to say thank you for the support of Volunteer Latin America for helping us to encourage many volunteers each year. This organisation is dedicated to connecting people to low and no cost volunteering projects across Latin America, for other volunteer projects like ours check out their website by clicking the logo below.

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Happy News About Lisa

Two other quick updates for everyone: Lisa showing off her pins A few weeks ago, we had a scary incident at Pilpintuwasi. Lisa, one of our juvenile female red uakari monkeys broke her ankle. She was taken to the vet in Iquitos, and x-rays confirmed the break. In some cases, this could heal on its own with rest, but Lisa had a fracture just above her ankle and the bone was threatening to break the skin. Dr. Miguel, our trusted veterinarian, was able to fix the break with 3 small pins, and Lisa fared very well through the surgery. She…

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Good News for Pedro!

Hello everyone, I have a few updates for all of you on this first day of December. Handsome Pedro is now eight and a half years old, and is as beautiful and aloof as ever. First, Gudrun and the Pilpintuwasi staff would like to recognize the very generous continuing support of the anonymous sponsor of Pedro Bello, our resident jaguar. This special supporter of Pilpintuwasi has once again gifted Pedro with a year of food and maintenance. The support of our anonymous donor is greatly appreciated – with a daily diet consisting of 4 kilograms of meat, plus cage repairs…

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The Odd Couple

All of our land dwelling creatures have now been featured on the blog, so I thought it was time to take a quick look below the water and shine the spotlight on our (mostly) underwater dwelling living in the lake at Pilpintuwasi and the very odd pairing they have formed. Our pool is home to many a creature: varied species of Amazon fish, many turtles, caimans, and a manatee. These are all elusive creatures, and only very patient or lucky visitors get a good look at these guys. First up, the Amazonian Manatee (Trichechus inunguis). Marbino the Manatee. Ours is…

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Macaws

We have many lovely colorful and avian residents at Pilpintuwasi, who have yet to get a mention on the blog here. Our macaws are always delighting visitors and workers with their beautiful plumage, screeching calls, and occasional outbursts of Spanish words. We are home to four unique macaw species: the Blue and Yellow Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Red and Green Macaw, and Chestnut-Fronted Macaw. Macaws are large members of the parrot family, and can be easily identified by their white faces and long pointed tails. Some species also have distinctive “face-paint” or lines near the eyes that are really made up…

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Jaguars, Anteaters, Monkeys

Pedro Bello, the Jaguar Few travelers get to see stealthy jaguars, solitary anteaters and rare red uakari monkeys in the jungle, but at the Amazon Animal Orphanage and Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, you can visit with wildlife and see the fragile insects in all stages of life. Chances are, a gregarious monkey will take a ride on your head during the grand tour. The Animal Orphanage and Butterfly Farm are separate projects that share the same home on a forest farm on the Nanay River, outside Iquitos. Owner Austrian Gudrun Sperrer is passionate about the work and educating others about Amazonian flora…

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New Volunteers at the Amazon Animal Orphanage

Shawna originally volunteered with Gudrun and the animals in 2010. She started volunteering again in 2012, and posted updates as time permitted. A few seem to have gotten lost in the abyss of the WWW, but we are resurrecting them as they are located. Please check back.

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Feeding Wild Animals

Questions have come in about caring for our animals and how we use funds so here’s a quick overview. We are breeding meal worms (Tenebrios) for some of the animals who need a lot of protein in their diet. The breeding of other animals is problematic as our monkeys are free and it would mean more labor and more eventual veterinarian problems and fee . . . so ultimately it would probably not be any cheaper than buying meat. Plants needed for the butterflies are all grown on my land and are practically all the plants we need for the…

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Chavo and Pauly

Editor’s Note: Just found this posting on Mundo Azul (www.MundoAzul.org). Because it’s an excellent story, including it here seems important: Before coming to Pilpintuwasi, Chavo, a Red Uacary, was confiscated by the institute of natural resources (INRENA) – the government entity who is in charge of Peruvian fauna and flora. Red Uacaries are a species in danger of extinction; the baby monkey had been offered at the market of Belen. His mother had been shot, and the little animal had a bullet wound in his chest and a broken ankle – probably due to the fall when his mother was…

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Update: November – December

Gudrun gets to town every couple of weeks to update all of us. She doesn’t have Internet at Pilpintuwasi. We are trying now to catch up with all the news From Pilpintuwasi and the Amazon Animal Orphanage and hope it will be easier now that we’ve added a blog to the site. When she gets visits town on Tuesday and Friday and has to fit in shopping, paperwork with the ecological police or the institute of natural resources, take care of medicinal needs for the animals, try to send an update for the Web site, etc. November-December, 2011: I don’t…

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