COAST CITIES — When it’s the thought that really counts, adopt a manatee from Save the Manatee Club. Adopting real Florida manatees for family and friends can be done online at savethemanatee.org or by calling (800) 432-5646. Funds from the club’s adoption programs go toward the conservation and education efforts to protect the endangered marine mammal and its aquatic habitat.Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist and director of the club, said, “Each year, many of these gentle aquatic mammals are injured or killed by human activity, especially from being struck by boats and other watercraft.”
Holiday gift adoptions help fund rescues of injured manatees and orphaned calves; scientific research; public awareness projects, and conservation programs in America and around the world. Manatees are listed as endangered at the state, federal, and international levels.
An annual manatee adoption costs $25 and includes an adoption certificate and biography, both featuring a photo of the real manatee you have adopted, a membership handbook and subscriptions to the club’s newsletters. The manatees available for adoption can be on the web site at savethemanatee.org/adoptees.htm.
Save the Manatee Club, an international nonprofit manatee conservation organization, was formed 1981, co-founded by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett.
For more information, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751.