My daughter again is on a tour with her university this time in what is called the Lenca Route which comprises the Western part of the country. She has sent me several photos but for now I am just including these that are of an aviary near Copan Ruinas were birds of all types are rescued, treated, and eventually released. I find these projects very interesting as they do really work and rely on help from a lot of people, I have put a link to what I think is their website at the beginning if you are interested in reading more about them.
Now macaws, parrots parakeets have been a source of income for the rural area people of this country for ages, you know they are easy to catch and are easily sold, even though it is illegal to do so. I remember back in the early 80s a friend of mine was contacted by someone he knew from Florida to buy as many parrots or macaws as he could, so I being a bum and having nothing else to do went with my friend several times to buy them from people in rural areas, the going price was Lps50.00 back then about $25.00. We did buy a few and the American guy took them. We later learned he was selling them for between $800.00 and $1200.00 in the US. So my friend was actually a sucker.
But the really bad part at least for my friend was that he eventually realized that he was doing a great damage to the natural species of the country, and he now fights against this type of contraband, in fact for a while he headed an aviary like the one in the pictures here on the North Coast. I, I didn't feel anything I was only along for the ride.
Among the photos the best is the one of King Vulture known as "Rey Zope" around here, unfortunately it is not too clear, but that is one great bird, personally I have only been able to see two of these animals in the wild and they are extremely beautiful, they are ugly because no vulture is pretty you know, but they are monumental you seem to be seeing something you shouldn't have seen.