Animal advocates and environmentally conscious holiday shoppers can make the season brighter for family, friends, and co-workers by "adopting" real, living manatees in their honor from the Save the Manatee Club. The Adopt-A-Manatee program was started to raise more awareness of Florida's imperiled marine mammals.
For a donation, the Save the Manatee Club will send a personalized adoption packet, which includes an adoption certificate, a photo and the life history of a real Florida manatee, and a membership handbook. Manatees like Rocket, Howie, Ariel, and Gator are all popular adoptees, and a new female manatee, Moo Shoo, has been added to the Adopt-A-Manatee program at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Fla.
Save the Manatee Club is an nonprofit conservation organization whose mission is to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. Through increased public awareness, habitat protection, and enforcement of boating regulations, the organization hopes to ensure manatees survive for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Manatee adoptions and a variety of manatee-related merchandise are available by visiting http://www.savethemanatee.org. To adopt a manatee, readers may also call 800-432-JOIN (5646).