Fact Sheet
Florida Manatee

Defenders in Action

Collisions with Watercraft
Defenders is working to reduce this cause of death and make waterways safer for these unique marine mammals.
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Preserving Manatee Habitat
Defenders is an active advocate for greater protections of vital manatee habitat.
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Crystal River
Defenders is providing input on ways the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can make waters in this refuge safer for manatees.
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How You Can Help
Facing a barrage of threats, more than 800 Florida manatees perished last year. Urge USFWS to step up protections of these gentle giants!
Habitat Conservation
Defenders of Wildlife is working to protect and strengthen the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only system of federal lands in the United States dedicated to wildlife conservation.
Florida Manatee, © Joel Sartore
In the Magazine
It was a tough year for Florida manatees. At press time in December, the death toll stood at 796—more than double the 2012 total, making 2013 the deadliest year on record.