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Animals with a story

His name means earth and water....                               Barro suffered an accident on the road and broke a leg. Generally the custom is to put down a horse that suffers a break or that cannot be ridden. They were going to put Barro to sleep as six vets had advised euthanasia. When he arrived at Pumakawa his eyes spoke to us. We decided to help him. The look in his eyes spurred us on to keep him alive.


We tried many things to keep him in a position that would allow us to heal him. For 63 days he was suspended in harnesses. The last days were difficult. We were all tired; Barro as well.                                                                                                                           One day he fell and it seemed as if he was telling us that he could not go on...But we lay down with him and asked him for more strength. A few days later, Barro began to take his first new steps.                                              


Since then we have seen him frolic, reach up to high leaves on plants. He began to enjoy life again thanks to which the clarity his eyes told us of his worth. During the whole process we relied on the help of “Cherubicha”, a civil association dedicated to rescuing horses. Thanks to them we were better able to support Barro.

Sadly Barro died on 14th of November 2016. He had been ill for some time, suffering different ailments. We tried hard to heal him but in the end he was too weak. He was a very strong character, very intelligent and very mischievous! We miss him deeply. He is now buried in Pumakawa.



Nicknames “Tutina” & “Cacu”

(Puma – Puma concolor)


She was raised by us from her birth on the 13th October, 2000. Due to lack of mother’s milk she suffered calcium deficiency, due to which she has suffered broken bones and after effects. She managed to walk again after months of treatment. Later she was blind for a week till it was discovered that her optic nerve was healthy and she recovered her sight thanks to the right medication. With all her difficulties and treatments, the best remedy was love. In the close relationship with her carers the symbol of Pumakawa was born. With Cacu we begin to listen to the message of the puma.

If you would like to sponsor Cacu:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


(Puma – Puma concolor)


When the Ministry of the Environment of the Province brought this friend to Pumakawa, we decided to call him, Chirola. Chirola had been found walking the streets of Jesús María, with rickets and ticks.

After feeding and caring for him, after 8 months, all of a sudden he stopped walking. He was suffering a crisis due to his previous bad diet. Treatment consisted of a balanced diet, massage and exercise. In a few weeks he was able to walk again.

If you would like to sponsor Chirola:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


(Puma – Puma concolor)

Cristal is timid, frightened and enjoys long siestas.

Cristal was rescued from a trap cage in a patio. He did not have enough space to turn around. As a result his tail was bald and full of fungus, and he could not stand. At Pumakawa we gave him a trial period with the aim of preparing him to be released. Sadly we did not get the results we had hoped for.


In 2009, during the forest fires we suffered at Pumakawa, Cristal took refuge in a cave into which he just fitted but which he could not get out of. (CLICK HERE ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)

Fortunately we were able to rescue him from the cave. During the rescue Cristal wept and his tears cleansed us.

His name is a tribute to our eternal friend Christel.

If you would like to sponsor Cristal:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


(Common hawk - Buteo magnirostris)

Titán was brought to us from Alta Gracia. He was rescued from people who had not only cut his feathers but also his claw, thus meaning that he would never fly.

Titán is very inquisitive. For this reason we have situated his cage where he can see everything that is going on around him.

His story reminds us that we must be guardians of the countryside. The wings of the bird give it the sublime possibility of flight. Surely human beings must respect birds and not curtail their liberty.

If you would like to sponsor Titán:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


(Capuchin Monkey -Cebus apella)

Berni was brought to Pumakawa by a married couple from Villa Maria who had had him as a pet in their house for 12 years.

The wife wanted to get pregnant and because of the very close relationship that she had with Berni, she thought that he would bite her. The husband used to play at boxing with him, the game was called “belly-belly” because Berni hugged his own belly when his huge master used to throw air punches at him. Berni was not enjoying it, his hands on his stomach was an indication of a lot of fear. Animals cannot always be interpreted according to human behaviour. But humans can always be interpreted according to their behaviour. We are animals....perhaps this aspect is dormant or unknown to ourselves. We really must learn that monkeys should not become more human or adapt themselves to being pets. They should be respected and cared for in their own environment.


If you would like to sponsor Berni:

or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


(Striped owl - Asio clamator)

Hugo was living in a house in the ‘Traslasierras’. The people who captured him were planning to free him. But when the time came they did not do so because they were afraid that he would die due to the deep rooted habit of using catapults. For this reason they brought him to Pumakawa.

Over time his beak was deformed and for this reason he now needs help with eating.

Due to his change of habits he cannot now be set free. Hugo needs someone he recognises to feed him. In addition he has a very particular routine for eating. If these are not carried out, Hugo refuses his food. That is why it is so important for Pumakawa to maintain a bond of trust and careful accompaniment with Hugo.

If you would like to sponsor Hugo:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.




(Black-chested buzzard eagle - Geranoaetus melanoleucus)

Before coming to Pumakawa this 25 year old male had been shot in his wing.

Ha was in the Córdoba Zoo, from where we requested to have him to help him recover his flight. After a while we concluded that treatment to his wing was not possible because the musculature was atrophied. For this reason he will not be able to fly.

Moro shouts to us “no more bullets at the birds”

We invite you to close your eyes in front of him and imagine him soaring in the blue sky. Moro will thank you, because that way he can fly ... and with this gesture, somehow, we will heal everyone.

If you would like to sponsor Moro:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.



(Puma – Puma concolor)

Negrita is a very quiet and docile character and she can communicate with both pumas and human beings.

Before arriving at Pumakawa her mother had been killed at the south of Córdoba. She and her sister Blanquita were referred to Pumakawa by the Ministry of the Environment in 2001. A couple helped us to raise them for several years. They were very important as patrons.

Since the death of Blanquita (17-12-15), Negrita has been pining. And her health has suffered. Currently we are committed to a new diet which should help to prolong her life and improve her wellbeing.

With her we discovered that caregivers have the role of embracing them when they are small and when they embark on the path to the heart of the pachamama (the earth mother)

If you would like to sponsor Negrita:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


(Black howler monkey - Alouatta caraya)

Pachy had a slow growth compared with other monkeys of his species. Generally they mature at 4 years old. Instead it took him 7 years to develop dark black fur. For this reason he had a special diet and care. Pachy has a sociable relationship with his carers.

If you would like to sponsor Pachy:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.




(Black howler monkey - Alouatta caraya)

Pancho arrived at Pumakawa in 2006. He came from being a pet. He had a bad eye perhaps due to some kind of maltreatment. At first he lived, semi-free, in the mulberry trees together with the other monkey, a symbol of our reserve, Chita.                                                                Pachy was born to them. Chita died after this, aged 22. Pancho created a close relationship with a volunteer, whom he bit in a situation of jealousy. The wounds were serious. Pancho tried several more attacks. Sadly for security he now has to be permanently in his run.

This story is another demonstration of the fact that monkeys cannot and should not be pets.

If you would like to sponsor Pancho:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.



Paquito y Papacha

(Puma – Puma concolor)

They were brought to Pumakawa in August 2015.                                                                  They were scared, barely two months old and in a cardboard box.                                              Without doubt they had been staying for several days in a house on bad diet. Papacha could not walk very easily. With their arrival we started the sponsorship campaign to improve the wellbeing of all our animals.

If you would like to sponsor Paquito y Papacha:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.


Rayo Rafael

(Peregrine falcon - Falco peregrinus)

Rayo Rafael is one of the fastest birds in the world and inhabits almost all the planet: peregrine falcon. Rayo Rafael is in Pumakawa’s care because he cannot fly due to a crack in his wing, which he suffered in a collision with a car.

Rayo inspired our campaign “I PUT THE BRAKES ON FOR ANIMALS”


Unfortunately Rayo Rafael passed away this year. It was a very special bird!



(Coypu or river rat - Myocastor coypus)  


Mateo is growing up in Pumakawa. He was taken from the river as a joke by some fishermen. One of them captured a baby that was passing with his mother and brothers to put him in the fishing basket of one of his friends to give him a shock. The joke lasted a few minutes. But Timoteo was left without the river, his mother or brothers for the rest of his life. It is not funny. 

If you would like to sponsor Timoteo:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.




(Puma – Puma concolor)

He who overcomes difficulties.

He was brought to Pumakawa when he was very little in 2005, in a state of malnutrition. He is a firm character who has the ability to establish boundaries.

Although weak, he resorted to the art of biting, little used by young animals under treatment.

He had an exposed hernia which took a long time to heal. He had to wear a protective collar. His weight had to be supported from below in order to be able to walk.

Our dog Sancho played an important role in his recovery. Sancho was a great guardian of the woodland.

If you would like to sponsor Victorio:

​or get in touch with the carers at Pumakawa.

© 2016 / Pumakawa

Ruta Prov N 5 km 103 Villa Rumipal, Valle de Calamuchita. Córdoba. Argentina. CP 5864

Tel:  +54 9 351 718-6341

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