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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A gift that gives: Adopt a manatee this holiday season

Published 11/22/2006
There are 31 manatees to choose from in the Club's three Florida adoption programs at Blue Spring State Park near Orange City, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, and in the Tampa Bay area. Manatees can live up to sixty years of age, but hundreds are injured or killed by boats every year, which are the leading known cause of their mortality.

Around 3,000 manatees exist in Florida waters today. They are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Funds from Save the Manatee Club's adoption programs go toward education and conservation efforts.
For information on manatees, and to adopt one, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 1-800-JOIN (5646), or visit their web site at www.savethemanatee.org.
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