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History Sep 2005

Sept-december 2005 September 20, 2005 I forgot to tell you one very good news — a Mexican lady who has family in Iquitos and visited us almost a month ago liked what we are doing at Pilpintuwasi. At the end of the visit she asked us if she could donate any money— definitely we accepted. To our big surprise she asked us to go with her to the bank as she didn’t have enough cash with her . . . and she donated $500 (!!!!) which we want to use mostly to make Lola’s cage bigger. The lady wanted a…

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History July 2005

july-august 2005 July 22, 2005 Here’s a baby manatee. I had not yet told you about because we weren’t sure if it would survive. It is the only animal we paid for because it was in such a bad state (70 days in a baby rubber pool, the size of the manatee) and with a butcher who was offering 20 soles per kilo. That was what finally convinced us that we should buy the animal, against all our beliefs, but only with the intention to save it. Thanks to Guy Oliver, an oceanologist and friend, we even got the money…

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History 2005

March 8, 2015 news visits by “girls on top” November 2005 There has been a lot going on at Pilpintuwasi,but as I had to go to university, I didn’t have time to write. First let me go back to September/October when the Australian “Girls on Top” — Jade, Emma and Saffy — visited us. They came to help us, and one of the first things they did was to implement a small handcrafts shop at Pilpintuwasi. Until that time we only offered T-shirts to our visitors, and there was no shop, just a little house. The “Girls on Top” renovated…

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April 2005

Thanks for your mail-and the magnificent idea (of sending photo cards with pictures of the animals) to donors. If you really want to do this, I am very happy about it — maybe we could send people a picture of their favorite animal. Right now I’m sending snake pictures taken this morning. The snake, a lance head specie, was on a tree I always hold on to, when I go to feed the parrots. Last week Roxie and her friend Sonia (the “Jaguar Ladies”) came to visit us, and they brought a tool to catch snakes. It was easier to…

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March 2005: Anteaters & Sloths

March 1, 2005 Everybody is fine here. Last Saturday, we got a newcomer — an anteater again. Some nearby-Indians of the Yagua tribe killed her mother and brought the baby to us. She weighs only 4 kgs and wants to be on top of us the whole time —normally she would be riding on her mother’s back—which isn’t so nice as she uses her very sharp claws to climb up our legs . . . but I’m sure she’ll learn soon not to use them with us anymore. I feed her every 3-4 hours with oats and milk, but besides…

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February 2005: The Kinkajou

Everything is going well — the animals are fine, the kinkajou potos flavus is getting bigger and bigger and doesn’t´t sleep (or let us sleep) the whole night . . . I’m thinking of releasing her soon. Unfortunately one of the pygmy marmosets was caught by a bird when we left them outside, so now we have put the surviving one in a big cage and have to wait until he is a little larger to be able to release him completely. Gudrun The Kinkajou still sleeps in daytime in our house, but after 6 pm she gets up, eats…

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History Jan 2005

Jan-june 2005 February 2, 2005 Everything is going well — the animals are fine, the kinkajou potos flavus is getting bigger and bigger and doesn’t´t sleep (or let us sleep) the whole night . . . I’m thinking of releasing her soon. Unfortunately one of the pygmy marmosets was caught by a bird when we left them outside, so now we have put the surviving one in a big cage and have to wait until he is a little larger to be able to release him completely. Gudrun The Kinkajou still sleeps in daytime in our house, but after 6…

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Marmosets & Ocelots

December 17, 2004 Here’s a picture of one of the marmosets. This was taken inside the house; we don’t dare put them outside yet—the other monkeys would play with them for a while and then throw them away. The tiny monkeys love to cling to the bigger ones, but, after some time, the bigger ones don’t like that. AND a photo of our last newcomer—a tiny potos flavus—a little “Kinkajou.” It’s a tiny bear, still a baby, brought to us by some children whose father had hunted the mother. Now the baby is an orphan. I’m not sure yet if…

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Official Custody Centre!

Finally! All the papers from the government are ready. WE ARE NOW AN OFFICIAL CUSTODY CENTRE!! November 12, 2004 We are busy working on the construction of another cage for small monkeys and one for parrots as these are the animals most confiscated. Because our project is recognized by the government we have to present an Annual Operating Plan describing our future activities and we indicate one house reserved to quarantine animals when they are sick and to store medicines and another house as storage for food. Besides we have to have empty, but ready, cages. This has to be done…

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History 2004

Finally! All the papers from the government are ready. WE ARE AN OFFICIAL CUSTODY CENTRE NOW!! November 12, 2004 We are busy working on the construction of another cage for small monkeys and one for parrots as these are the animals most confiscated. Although our project is recognized by the government, I still have to present an Annual Operating Plan describing our future activities and we have to show them one house reserved to quarantine animals when they are sick and to store medicines and another house as storage for food. Besides we have to have empty, but ready, cages….

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