Splash Into Spring!

Adopt-A-Manatee® to Support Manatee Conservation

8-inch plush manatee toy
This cute 8-inch plush manatee toy is included when you Adopt-A-Manatee at $35 or more.

For further information contact:
Ally Greco
Communications and Outreach Manager
Phone: (407) 539-0990
E-mail: agreco@savethemanatee.org

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2020

Note: Photos are available upon request.

At Save the Manatee Club, we hear from people all over the world who want to help protect manatees. As they face perils such as habitat loss, watercraft collisions, and plastic pollution, manatees need your help now more than ever. No matter where you live, you can protect manatees through our Adopt-A-Manatee® program.

Gator the manatee
Gator the manatee got his name after he was spotted playing with a wild alligator.

Did you know you could adopt a real, living manatee? Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program features dozens of real manatees around Florida with unique histories and personalities. Choose from manatees like Gator, who has been spotted playing with wild alligators, or Lily, who has had at least 11 calves over the years. Every adoption includes a certificate and biography of your manatee. And for a limited time, you can receive a free plush manatee toy, when you Adopt-A-Manatee® at $35 or more before April 1st. These toys make perfect additions to Easter baskets or birthday presents. Shipping is free for orders mailed within the U.S.

Proceeds from manatee adoptions support Save the Manatee Club’s conservation efforts, such as manatee research. Save the Manatee Club collects extensive research at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida, a warm-water manatee refuge. Over the years, we have recorded the genealogies of regular manatee visitors to Blue Spring, resulting in an extensive body of knowledge on the manatee’s life history as well as how they use warm-water habitat. For example, Blue Spring manatee Lily has been recorded at the park every winter since 1974, demonstrating that many manatees have preferred habitats they return to annually. This information helps the scientific community and the public understand manatees’ needs and threats to their long-term survival, as well as actions people can take to help manatees.

Lily the manatee
Lily (at left) is not only a mother of at least 11 calves, she is also a grandmother and great-grandmother!

This spring, consider the unique gift of a manatee adoption to help support manatee rescue and conservation. Choose your very own manatee at savethemanatee.org/adopt.


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 savethemanatee.org or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).