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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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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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Support for Funding

From KudoTravel.com It is a great place to get a close-up look at animals, and an opportunity to help endangered, uncommon and fragile animals. The organization became an Official Rescue Center for endangered animals in the summer of 2004 and now the farm is home to some 20 animals, including: Rosa, the Giant Anteater Rosa the Giant Anteater, who is an orphan and belongs to an endangered species. Another younger anteater also lives at the Orphanage. They were both brought in by students. Rosa had been living in captivity and the student was concerned that the animal was not getting…

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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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