Looking towards 2014, why not make a big impact on the people you love on their birthday with the thoughtful gift of adoption from the Save the Manatee Club?
These real, living Florida manatees can be adopted online at savethemanatee.org. Funds from the Club’s adoption programs go toward vital manatee conservation and aquatic ecosystem protection programs.
Manatees available for adoption, such as Squeaky, Rocket, Merlin and Ariel, can be viewed on the Club’s website at savethemanatee.org/adoptees. An annual manatee adoption costs $25, is tax-deductible, and includes an adoption certificate with a full-colour photo, a biography, a membership handbook and subscriptions to the Club’s newsletters which feature updated reports on the manatees in the adoption program and information on important issues affecting manatees around the world.
“Manatees delight people of all ages,” said Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist and executive director of Save the Manatee Club. “Big and adorable, manatees charm Floridians and all those who vacation in Florida and have an opportunity to see them.
“Sadly, it has been a catastrophic year for the endangered manatee population due to a prolonged and deadly red tide event in southwest Florida and an ongoing mortality event in the Indian River Lagoon on the Atlantic Coast.”
There were 762 manatee deaths from all causes as of October 11, 2013, which is higher than any previous year’s total mortality, with the exception of the cold stress mortality event in 2010.
“Those who adopt manatees will help us fund emergency rescue response for sick and injured manatees, critically-needed research, public awareness and education, and much more,” explained Rose. “We greatly appreciate the heartfelt support of our manatee conservation efforts.”