Pull Some Heartstrings This Valentine’s Day — Adopt A Real Manatee!

Manatee fans and supportive Club members from Pennsylvania: (l - r) Liz Babich, grandkids Aidan and Mackenzie, and Rob Babich.

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

For Immediate Release

Note: A high resolution jpeg (300 dpi) of a manatee image, as well as a photo of Rob and Liz Babich and their grandchildren, are available upon request.

Valentine’s Day is a special time to show some heart. Save the Manatee Club suggests giving meaningful, green, and compassionate manatee gift adoptions to loved ones this February 14th.

Rob Babich from Taylor, Pennsylvania, adopted Lorelei from the Club’s adoption program at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida, for his wife Liz last Valentine’s Day. They then adopted Margarito from Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida, for their grandchildren, Aidan and Mackenzie, who also live in Pennsylvania. “We love manatees,” said Rob. “When I saw the Club’s page on Facebook, I just had to adopt one for my wife. And when my wife received her manatee for Valentine’s Day, we decided we had to get one for the grandkids.”

Plush manatee toy
An 8-inch manatee plush toy is included with every gift adoption of $35 or more.

Every manatee in the Club’s five adoption programs is a real manatee and has a known history. Most other wild animal adoption programs do not feature real animals, only symbolic ones. Tax-deductible gift adoptions from Save the Manatee Club cost $25 and include a biography and adoption certificate featuring the manatee selected. Also included is a membership handbook filled with photos, facts and information, subscriptions to the Club’s official quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, and the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Paddle Tales, and a year’s membership in Save the Manatee Club. A personalized Valentine’s Day gift card comes with each adoption, and postage is free within the United States. An 8-inch manatee plush toy is included with every gift adoption of $35 or more.

Margaret McLoud, a retired nurse who resides in northern Indiana, gave a Valentine’s Day manatee adoption to her cousin’s children. “I wanted to bring some awareness of manatees and their needs, as well as their incredible charm, to my cousin’s family, especially the children, who live in Washington State,” she explained. “And what child wouldn’t appreciate a manatee?”

Funds from the adoption program help manatees survive. Each year, many manatees are injured or killed by human activities, including boats strikes, entanglements, and habitat loss. Save the Manatee Club, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit conservation and manatee welfare organization, established in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, works to safeguard manatees by assisting with rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts in America and abroad; helps to expand and protect the manatee’s winter warm-water habitat; obtains improved boat speed zones in areas frequented by manatees; and raises public awareness.

“I am just thrilled about Save the Manatee Club and the work they are doing,” adds Margaret. “I am so glad there is an organization dedicated just to manatees, who need all the help they can get. I wish the Club the very best in their quest to save manatees from being crushed by the mounting pressures they face.”

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