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The objective of this study was to develop an ELISA assay for testing Ferritin levels in toucans. Iron overload (a.k.a. hemochromatosis) has been a serious health concern in captive toucans. In fact,hemochromatosis is the leading cause of death in toucans in captivity. The likely cause is dietary as toucans have physiological mechanisms to efficiently extract iron from iron-deficient diets so when toucans are fed an iron-sufficient diets, iron overload occurs.
In conclusion, the results of this study reveal the need for further study as preliminary ferritin concentrations
from all toucans studied were much higher than expected when using a variety of testing methods. This may in part be due to the antigenic disparities between species.
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