Go Eco-Friendly this Father’s Day – Adopt-A-Manatee®

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Julia and her dad both adore manatees. “I want future generations to be able to enjoy manatees just as much as I have,” says Julia.

For further information, contact:
Janice Nearing, Director of Public Relations
Save the Manatee Club
Phone: (407) 539-0990
E-mail: jnearing@savethemanatee.org

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Note: A high resolution jpeg (300 dpi) of a manatee image, as well as a photo of Julia Belden and her father, are available upon request.

Stumped on a gift for Father’s Day? Change it up this year with a fun green alternative – give a manatee adoption from Save the Manatee Club. It’s a unique way to delight dad and be among the many supporters who put their efforts towards helping the Club’s extensive manatee and habitat conservation work.

For just $25, the Club will send an adoption certificate with a color photo, along with the life history of a real living manatee, and more. Or, for $35, a cool gray Club T-shirt will also be included featuring a tropical design by Florida wildlife artist Nancy Blauers. Shipping is free in the United States. Select from 34 manatees including Paddy Doyle, Doc, Rocket, and Brutus – view all the adoptees on the Club’s website at savethemanatee.org/adoptees. Funds from the adoption program support Save the Manatee Club’s crucial long-term goals to safeguard endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat. (Please Note: The order deadline for Father's Day delivery in the U.S. with free shipping has passed. Please call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) for express delivery. Additional charges apply.)

When you Adopt-A-Manatee at $35 or more, you'll also receive a FREE Club T-Shirt. Get more info>>

Julia Belden from Orlando, who works in the animal care field, adopted Whiskers last year for her father, Stephen, a Canton, Ohio resident. Whiskers has been a frequent visitor to Blue Spring State Park near Orange City, Florida since 1996. Blue Spring’s natural spring maintains a year-round temperature of 72 degrees and is a popular winter refuge for manatees.

Julia explained that she chose Whiskers for her dad’s Father’s Day gift because that was the name of her family’s first cat – an orange tabby who remains near and dear to her dad’s heart. “I’m always looking for unique and memorable gifts,” said Julia. Everyone in my family is an animal lover, so it’s hard to go wrong with an animal-related gift, especially when it’s for a good cause. Manatees have called Florida home for much longer than humans have, and they deserve our respect and our protection.”

When Stephen was asked how he felt about becoming an adoptive manatee parent, he replied, “My first reaction was, what a thoughtful gift! I have been fascinated with marine mammals all my life. The next time my wife and I come to visit our daughter in Florida, we hope we might see Whiskers.”

Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal. Manatees have suffered significant losses in recent years, particularly from cold stress and red tide outbreaks. Collisions with boats continue to be a large known cause of manatee deaths. Habitat deterioration and loss of warm-water habitat are also major concerns.

Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit conservation organization, established in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. The Club’s mission is to protect endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations. They work closely with federal, state, and local governments, as well as with the public at the grass roots level, and support policies that are based on the best scientific data available. The Club educates and raises public awareness; conducts research and sponsors rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; supports land acquisition and promotes aquatic habitat protection; advocates for improved protection measures; and assists education and conservation efforts in other countries as well.

For more information about manatees, and to adopt one for Father’s Day, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646), or visit the adoption page of the web site.

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