Thanks to you, $18,260 has been donated to Save the Manatee Club
Who is Save the Manatee Club:
Save the Manatee Club is an award-winning national nonprofit 501(c)(3) and membership-based organization established in 1981 by renowned singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett, and former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida. Their objective is recovery and protection of manatees and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.
Why We Care:
Human activities are harming manatees, and only our compassion and action can protect them.
Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal. They are listed as threatened at the federal level by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and at the state level by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Their listing status is largely due to human activity. Since record-keeping began in 1974, more than 41% of manatee deaths were identified as human-related – and almost 34% were due to watercraft collisions (the largest known cause of manatee deaths). With increased awareness, education, regulations, and enforcement, manatee deaths caused by humans could be substantially reduced, and the eventual recovery of the species could be realized.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported a preliminary count of 6,620 manatees in Florida waters. These “gentle giants” are known for their peaceful disposition and are about 10 feet long, weighing up to 1,200 pounds.
Manatees are challenged by changing breeding and feeding habitats, and are very susceptible to cold weather. Injuries from boaters are also very common.
How You Can Support the Cause:
Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett has recorded a TV and radio public service announcement, which recognizes Save the Manatee Club's work to protect endangered manatees and their imperiled aquatic habitat. For more information or to Adopt-A-Manatee, go to http://www.savethemanatee.org