Florida

West Indian Manatee – Trichechus manatus

  • Status – Vulnerable
  • Estimated numbers – 2,310
  • Population trend – Decreasing
  • Location – Caribbean and Florida
  • Why are they under threat – The West Indian manatee has been hunted for hundreds of years for meat and hide, and continues to be hunted in Central and South America. Illegal poaching and collisions with vessels are both a constant source of manatee fatalities. Additionally, environmental stresses such as red tide and cold waters cause several health problems and even death.
  • What can you do – Adopt a manatee and help support the save the manatee foundation with their conservation work. If you use a speed boat, make sure that you are aware of where manatees live and breed and avoid them. You can also join Defenders of Wildlife and support their work with manatees.
  • Species foundation – savethemanatee.org

 

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photo credit – @teebyford

photo credit – @teebyford

photo credit – @teebyford

photo credit – @teebyford

photo credit – @teebyford

photo credit – @teebyford

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