Save the Manatee Club (SMC) has extended its efforts into Father’s Day by suggesting a unique gift this year – adopting a manatee in Dad’s honor.
For $25, SMC will allow dads to adopt a manatee and receive an adoption certificate, photo and history of a living manatee. Adoptive “parents” will also receive updates on their manatee in the club’s quarterly newsletter and a subscription to “Paddle Tales,” the club’s bi-monthly digital newsletter. For $35, new club members will also receive a free t-shirt with a manatee design and club logo while supplies last.
Gift-givers may select from 34 manatees up for adoption, among them Whiskers, Gator, Doc, Rocket and Brutus. Funds from the adoption program help all manatees, going toward the SMC mission to protect the species and their aquatic habitat. A list of available manatees and their photos are available online at www.savethemanatee.org/adoptees.
To adopt a manatee for any occasion or to learn more about the SMC, contact Save the Manatee Club toll free at 1-800-432-5646, or visit the adoption page at the club’s web site at www.savethemanatee.org/adopt.
Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit conservation organization established in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. The club works to reduce the negative impacts to manatees and their aquatic habitat caused by human activity through increasing public awareness and education research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts and advocating for strong protection measures.