Rescue and Rehabilitation Efforts
|Dolphin Research Center and state agency personnel work to rescue
a manatee on board a boat donated by SMC. (Photo ©DRC)
Save the Manatee Club has provided funds for equipment used in manatee rescue and
rehabilitation efforts, including nets, an isolation pool, a manatee care building, and
Save the Manatee Club also helped fund a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project to help
re-acclimate manatees to the wild and donated funds to help build a shelter for injured
manatees awaiting transport in the Florida Keys.
In addition, the Club provides funding for manatee rescue organizations both in
and outside of Florida. In 1996, SMC contributed funding for equipment, aerial surveys and
manatee care and feeding during the red tide epizootic in southwest Florida. In addition,
SMC has donated seven boats and trailers to various agencies and organizations for manatee
rescue and research purposes.
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