Paul Walker with small manatee calf in Belize.
Paul Walker, Co-Director of Wildtracks Rehabilitation Center in Belize, places a rescued manatee calf into the rehabilitation pool.

Save the Manatee Club supports researchers and communities in many places outside of Florida. Donations through our International Rescue Fund, domestic Emergency Rescue Fund, and Amazon Wish List have supported:

Wider Caribbean

  • Wildtracks, the only manatee rehabilitation facility in Belize caring for sick and orphaned manatees. Donations and in-kind gifts from Club supporters have purchased Esbilac milk replacement formula, probiotics and vitamins, thermometers, GPS tracking gear, cameras and binoculars for research, brushes, scales, pumps, a pressure washer, solar power equipment, GPS equipment to track manatees, staffing, and much more. The Club has also helped Wildtracks buy a trailer to transport manatees and has supported a tracking program of manatees in Belize.
  • Funding to El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico for health assessment and tracking equipment, and funding to Fundación Internacional para la Naturaleza y la Sustentabilidad (FINS) in Mexico for formula for an orphaned manatee calf.
  • Assistance with re-building the Centro de Conservación de Manatíes del Caribe in Puerto Rico from our Emergency Rescue Fund after Hurricane Maria destroyed most of the facility. The Club has also provided formula, medicine, and funding for the care of orphaned manatee calves in Puerto Rico.
    Orphaned manatee calf in Mexico is bottle fed.
    Save the Manatee Club provided funding in 2021 for formula to feed an orphaned manatee calf in Mexico.
  • Education and outreach materials for partners in Cuba and Haiti.
  • Funding for a manatee monitoring program in the Bahamas. 
  • Health assessment support for manatees in Jamaica.
A manatee calf rescued in Nigeria is bottle fed.
A West African manatee calf rescued in Nigeria is bottle fed.

 

West Africa

  • The African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO) based in Cameroon through funding outreach and education efforts, providing a grant for genetic research and a grant for beekeeping as an alternative livelihood project, sponsoring speakers for the first African Manatee Symposium in Senegal, and helping to mitigate the effects of invasive plant species in Lake Ossa. The Club has provided items for manatee research as well as formula, medicine, and funding for the care of orphaned manatee calves in West Africa. In addition, Save the Manatee Club contributed funds to help rescue several West African manatees trapped behind a dam in Senegal and to provide education materials to school children. Alternative livelihood opportunities were funded in the form of snail farms and education and outreach materials to communities in Nigeria where manatees are still traditionally hunted for sustenance. Recently, Save the Manatee Club gave a grant to the African Aquatic Conservation Fund for a manatee threat assessments study in Nigeria.
    Doing manatee surveys in Senegal.
    Lucy Keith-Diagne, Executive Director of the African Aquatic Conservation Fund, prepares to release a drone, which will assist in surveys of West African manatees in Senegal.

 

South America

  • Funding to the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute to support the Sirenians in the Amazon Estuary Research and Conservation Network (SEA). SEA aims to better understand the distribution and stranding events of manatees in the Brazilian Amazon by promoting collaboration between research institutions and other stakeholders, as well as to improve wildlife rescue and management capabilities in the region. Save the Manatee Club funding will support manatee rehabilitation, professional capacity building, environmental awareness education, and genetic studies.
  • Funding for the rescue, relocation, and care of several manatees in Colombia in partnership with the Omacha Foundation to protect them from poaching.
  • Health assessment support for manatees in Venezuela.
  • Funding for assistance with an orphaned manatee calf rescue in Peru as well as funding to the University of Quintana Roo (Mexico) to support the Third Latin American Manatee Symposium held in Lima, Peru.
A rescued manatee calf in Brazil is assessed by SEA team members.
A rescued Amazonian manatee calf in Brazil is assessed by Sirenians in the Amazon Estuary Research and Conservation Network (SEA) team members.