Manatee Awareness Month

Sometimes called a sea cow, this large aquatic relative of the elephant is usually found in shallow and warm coastal areas feeding on plants like sea grass. Unfortunately, the Florida manatee population is endangered, and these animals face a number of human-made threats. In November, as manatees search for the warm-water shelters once common along the Florida coast, we take this time to raise public awareness of the threats to these beloved but endangered sea creatures.

Florida Manatee, Photo: Jim Reid / U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceLearn about Florida Manatees   Florida Manatee, Photo: Jim Reid / USFWSThreats to Manatees

How You Can Help
With collisions with watercraft as their leading cause of death, and residential development eating up much of the warm springs habitat on which they rely, there’s no question that manatees need our help. Whether you’re a Florida resident, a frequent visitor, or just want to get involved, check out the ways that you can help these gentle giants.
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Support Our Work
We fight for slow-speed zones to protect manatees from being hit by watercraft, work to protect vital habitat that these animals need to survive, and much more. Your support will help us fight to protect Florida manatees and other threatened and endangered wildlife.

Please give today to support this vital work.

 

 

 

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