Category Archives: Birds

New Study Supports Ban on Diclofenac

As the director of Zoologico del Istmo in Puerto Lindo, Panama, Jacobo Lacs manages animal rescue, rehabilitation, and breeding efforts. Jacobo Lacs also acts as a board member for The Peregrine Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting birds of prey around the world.

According to a new study in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (B), vulture deaths in India caused by diclofenac poisoning decreased by more than 30 percent between 2005 and 2009. In 2006 India banned diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug used on livestock, and the study reports that the number of livestock carcasses (the main food source for vultures) carrying the drug was consequently reduced by 50 percent. However, researchers note that six percent of carcasses still contain the illegal drug, even though veterinarians and livestock owners could use a vulture-safe alternative called meloxicam.

The study’s findings support the movement to ban large-dose use of diclofenac in South Asia. Over ten years ago, several species of South Asian vulture were near extinction due to the prevalent use of diclofenac. These species are now experiencing a period of recovery since India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan barred the use of veterinary diclofenac.

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Incubation of Long Wattle Umbrella Bird

Here are some pics of the process of incubating a long wattle umbrella bird. Watching this amazing life process is truly rewarding! Enjoy!

Jacobo Lacs Panama - Incubation of Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
Incubation process begins.
Jacobo Lacs Panama - Hatching of Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
Starting to crack!
Incubation of Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
Almost out!

Long Wattle Umbrella Bird Hatching -  Jacobo Lacs Panama

Jacobo Lacs Panama - Hatching of Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
She made it!
Jacobo Lacs Panama - Hatched Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
Life! It’s a beautiful thing!
Jacobo Lacs Panama - Hatched Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
Drying it off
Jacobo Lacs of Panama - Hatched Long Wattle Umbrella Bird
Mother meets her baby!