Brighten Her Day — Adopt-A-Manatee® for Mother’s Day

For further information contact:
Ally Greco
Communications and Outreach Manager
(407) 539-0990

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2020

Note: Photos of manatees Lucille and Moo Shoo, and the key chain membership gift, as well as high-resolution versions of the above PSA ad or the manatee photo used for it, are available upon request.

Moo Shoo is a female manatee who visits Blue Spring State Park in the winter. She was first identified in 2010.

This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10th, give a manatee to mom with a gift adoption from Save the Manatee Club. Adoptions can be sent digitally or shipped, so even if you’re unable to spend time together this year, you can still brighten her day. Choose from a selection of real manatees and receive a certificate, biography, and one-year membership to Save the Manatee Club. Adopt-A-Manatee at the $35 level before Monday, April 27th, and receive a limited-edition heart-shaped keychain engraved with a mom-and-calf manatee pair by Mother’s Day. Visit to get started.

All the manatees in the Adopt-A-Manatee program are living manatees studied by research teams in Florida, with known family histories that are traced through female matriarchs. You can choose a manatee like Lucille, a mother and grandmother who is part of the largest manatee family tree ever documented at Blue Spring State Park, or Moo Shoo, a female manatee who visited the park with an adorable calf this past winter.

Save the Manatee Keychain
Adopt-A-Manatee at the $35 level and receive a limited-edition heart-shaped keychain engraved with a mom-and-calf pair.

Proceeds from manatee adoptions support Save the Manatee Club in their mission to protect manatees and their habitat. The Club assists with funding manatee rescues, rehabilitation, and releases, which help take care of manatees who are sick, injured by boat strikes, or orphaned and lost from their mothers. Funds from the adoption program also go toward education and public awareness projects; conservation work to protect manatees and their habitat; and programs in the United States, Central and South America, the Wider Caribbean, and West Africa. Learn more and Adopt-A-Manatee for Mother’s Day, at


Save the Manatee Club was founded in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat. For more information, go to or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).