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How to Adopt a Manatee? August 9, 2021

Adopt one of these beautiful marine mammals called a manatee by contacting the “Save the Manatee Club” today! Call toll-free in the U.S. at 1-800-432-5646 or call 407-539-0990 outside the U.S. Their office is open on weekdays from 8:30AM to 4:30PM Eastern Time one (U.S.)

Greetings to you! In this blog, I’d like to talk about the easiest way for you to save the threatened manatee by adopting a manatee. How do you adopt a manatee? It’s easy and it’s through the 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.”

The Manatee is Florida’s Official State Marine Mammal

 These gentle giants are the official marine mammal of Florida. Manatees are actually listed as “vulnerable at the international level by the IUCN World Conservation Union. They are listed as threatened at the federal level by the U.S. 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, where cause of death was identified – were human related. And almost 34% of deaths 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.”

 How Does the Save the Manatee Club Help Manatees?

 It’s the wonderful efforts of the Save the Manatee Club that continue to be the guardian angels of manatees! Here’s a list of what this organization does …

Their Mission:

They “protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations.”

Their Objective:

They strive for “the recovery and protection of manatees and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.”

Their Goals:

In order for the Save the Manatee Club to recover the manatee population – their goals are …

  • To protect ample healthy habitat to support a stable or growing manatee population.
  • To reduce manatee harassment, injuries and deaths from human activity.
  • To ensure that sufficient regulations have been adopted to accomplish these goals.

 Their Work:

So that they can accomplish their objective and goals, the Save the Manatee Club concentrate their efforts “on reducing the negative impacts to manatees and their aquatic habitat caused by human activity through:

  • Increasing public awareness and education.
  • Sponsoring research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts.
  • Advocating for strong protection measures, such as boat speed zones and sanctuaries.
  • Taking legal action when appropriate.
  • Supporting rescue, rehabilitation, research, and education efforts in the Wider Caribbean, South America, and West Africa.

 Their Core Values:

  • Supporting the most effective conservation actions possible.
  • Making science-based decisions and supporting science-driven policies.
  • Demanding accountability from policy-makers.
  • Working cooperatively.

 You Can Help by Adopting a Manatee!

 In order to contribute and donate to the Save the Manatee Club, you can easily join their Adopt-A-Manatee® program!

Your Support Will:

  • Fund manatee rescue, rehabilitation, and research efforts in the U.S. and the Wider Caribbean.
  • Support manatee education and public awareness projects.
  • Protect manatees and their habitat through advocacy and legal action.

 They also have a Discounted Rate for School Classes and Groups!

Don’t Wait! Call Today! Call toll-free in the U.S. at 1-800-432-5646 or call 407-539-0990 outside the U.S. Their office is open on weekdays from 8:30AM to 4:30PM Eastern Time one (U.S.). You can also send them an email at:

 Keep watching for more of my blogs!

If you see any sick or injured manatees, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC). They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about us manatees …

Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …

~ Kobee Manatee



How to Adopt a Manatee?

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Robert Scott Thayer

Author Robert Scott Thayer is also a recording artist who writes and sings in the pop, jazz, and children’s genres. Robert has won several International Songwriting Awards including those from Billboard. His newest children’s tune, Kobee’s Song, produced by 2012 Grammy winner Jim Cravero, is fun, upbeat, and has a solid reggae groove. It’s about the clever protagonist, KOBEE MANATEE, in Thayer’s first children’s informational picture book.