Neuter and spay clinic/ Ek Balam, Mexico

Anyone who is familiar with rural Mexico knows what a problem stray and feral dogs are. They lead short miserable lives and are often killed or crippled by automobile traffic. In addition to the inhumane circumstances of the dogs, there are community health hazards as well. Roving packs of aggressive feral dogs are dangerous. So is the strewn garbage from their rummaging, and the fouled streets where children run barefoot. This past weekend I shot a short documentary to promote the efforts of a group of volunteers who conducted a free neuter and spay clinic for the town of Ek Balam…a small, remote village in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. The clinic was held at the town’s municipal building. In addition to catching some strays, the clinic provided services to family dogs who might sire litters of feral dogs.

I’ll be working on editing the documentary for a while yet, so, this morning I cut this piece to provide a more timely look at the program. This video follows one particular dog, Drego, as he goes through the entire process: arrival, anesthesia, surgery, ear tattoo, recovery, and a tail-wagging return home. Drego is a very big and very sweet family dog. Someone said that he is part mastiff and part pit bull. The father sports a Maya warrior haircut from his role as a re-enactor at the nearby Ek Balam ruins.

Kudos to the many volunteers who spent the day working hard, pro bono, in the heat of the Yucatán interior, and thanks to Lee Christie whose Genesis Eco-Oasis was a beautiful and hospitable place from which the event was staged.

I hope you will watch the video and share to help promote this and other neuter and spay programs.

Note: there are a few scenes of canine surgery that some people might find disturbing.



Lizard hiding/ Chelem, MX

A lizard disguising itself as foliage on my approach.




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Sony A65 camera in my backyard


Conservación de los Anfibios y Reptiles de Yucatán/ Yucatán, MX

The Yucatán Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network provides knowledge to the public about the biology of Yucatecan amphibians and reptiles. This video is from an an event in the community of Telchac Puerto which presented live demonstrations and scientific information about Yucatán biodiversity.   




My new edit suite/ Yucatán, MX

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A full-service edit facility in a tropical location. Many client ammenities, including a pool and a Swiss cappuccino machine. A Mac edit system running Adobe Production Suite CS6 and Red Giant Magic Bullet effects.

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Chichén Itzá, Mexico

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Happy New Year 2016

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Telling the World About Tihosuco

A cultural preservation and community development project in Quintana Roo, Mexico


Leaders of the Caste War rebellion

This week I met with leaders of the town of Tihosuco, located in Quintana Roo, Mexico to begin work on a media campaign associated with the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project, organized in association with the University of Pennsylvania Museum. In the 19th century, Tihosuco was the starting point for the Caste War of the Yucatan, one of the most successful indigenous rebellions in the Americas. This heritage and community project is focused on the preservation of heritage and sites from this rebellion and the future growth and development of the Tihosuco community.

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(L-R) Alvaro Pech Tuz, First Assistant Mayor, Tihosuco | The Author | Rosy Carolina Pat Puc, Secretary, Tihosuco | Carlos Chan Espinosa, Director, Caste War Museum, Tihosuco | Elias Chi Poot, Treasurer, Tihosuco Ejido | Richard M. Leventhal, Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center; Professor, Univ. of Pennsylvania | Clemente Puc Tun, Executive Committee, Tihosuco Ejido

Our social media campaign will feature the heritage, culture, history, artisans, festivals, archeology, Maya language preservation, and day-in-the-life scenarios of Tihosuco, Mexico. We will be promoting tourism in an area that has considerable significance in Mexican history in hopes of bringing more economic opportunity to the community. About an hour south of Valladolid, Tihosuco offers tourists insight into a little-known chapter of Mexican indigenous rebellion. We hope that you will follow this blog to receive updates on the project, and we encourage your comments and shares.


-Richard Lakin