Manatee Gift Adoptions – A Big Token of Affection for Mother’s Day

For further information, contact:

Janice Nearing,
Director of Public Relations
Phone: (407) 539-0990
E-mail: jnearing@savethemanatee.org

For Immediate Release

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A high resolution jpeg (300 dpi) of a manatee image is available upon request.

If kitchen gadgets or fuzzy slippers just won’t do for Mother’s Day this year, Save the Manatee Club recommends something memorable and impressive such as a manatee gift adoption.

A tax-deductible gift adoption from the Club costs $25 and includes an adoption certificate, full-color photo, and biography of a real, living manatee. Just choose an endangered manatee for mom from any of the adoptees you see posted on the Club’s website at http://www.savethemanatee.org/adoptees. The adoption package also comes with a fact-filled handbook, plus subscriptions to the Club’s official quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, which features updates on the manatee adoptees, and the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Paddle Tales. For $35 or more, new members will also receive a heart-shaped manatee ornament, while they last.
Renee Vogel
Renee, posing as a mermaid in Key West, says, “When I was a kid, I read about sailors who saw manatees and thought they were mermaids.” (Photo by Sarah Golden.)

Renee Vogl from Chicago adopted ‘Lily’ from the Club’s Blue Spring Adopt-A-Manatee® program for her mother last year. “My mom loved getting a manatee for Mother’s Day,” says Renee. “She keeps Lily’s photo in her living room. I decided on a manatee adoption because I’m tired of getting people “stuff” as gifts.”

Since 1981, Save the Manatee Club, an international nonprofit 501(c) (3) manatee conservation organization, has been the voice for manatees. Renowned singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett co-founded the organization.

Funds from the adoption program help with the Club’s goals to reduce manatee harassment, injuries and deaths from human activity; to protect ample healthy habitat to support a stable or growing manatee population; and to ensure that sufficient conservation measures have been adopted to accomplish these goals.

Patrick Rose, Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club says, “The manatee population has suffered significant losses in recent years – particularly from cold stress and red tide outbreaks. However, we are ever-thankful to Renee and her mom, and our worldwide community of manatee supporters, who allow us to continue to make progress to ensure that manatees and their habitat are protected for future generations.” Around 5,000 manatees are thought to remain, concentrated year-round in Florida.

Renee says she has learned much about manatees from Save the Manatee Club over the last few years. “I care about the manatees and I’m concerned about their future. They can’t protect themselves.”

To adopt a real manatee for Easter or for a springtime surprise, visit Save the Manatee Club's web site, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Also, sign up for the Club's free e-newsletter, and watch manatees in their natural habitat on the Club's Blue Spring webcams at manatv.org.

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