Go beyond the usual this Father’s Day. Save the Manatee Club suggests a real Florida manatee gift adoption for caring dads, everywhere. Select from 35 living manatees with known histories in the Club’s adoption programs including Rocket, Brutus, Doc, Paddy Doyle and other great choices for dad. See them all at www.savethemanatee.org/adoptees. Funds from the adoption program support the Club’s manatee conservation efforts around the world.
“I chose Vector because he loves to travel and so does my dad,” says Madison Johnston, a student at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, who adopted a manatee last year for Father’s Day. “My dad was so excited and surprised when he received the adoption. He loves manatees!”
Each $25 gift adoption includes an adoption certificate with a color photo, biography, a membership handbook, the Club’s official quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, the bi-monthly E-newsletter, Paddle Tales, and a year’s membership in Save the Manatee Club. This Father’s Day, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee® program for a $35 tax-deductible donation, will also receive the new 2013 Club T-shirt featuring a tropical design by renowned wildlife artist Nancy Blauers. Shipping is free in the United States.
Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal and they’re listed as endangered at the state, federal, and international levels. Save the Manatee Club, a Florida-based international nonprofit conservation and manatee welfare manatee organization, was founded in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. Funds from the adoption program help fund manatee rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; research; 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.
“It has been a very difficult time for manatees in Florida these past months,” says Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist and Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club. “We have lost more than 10% of the entire population to a combination of life-threatening events, including catastrophic losses from red tide toxins. Adoption program funds provide the critical support manatees need in these unprecedented times.”
Madison, who is currently studying Environmental Studies and Biology, cares about the manatees and their future. “Manatees are such a vital part of the ocean’s ecosystems, and they contribute to the overall productivity of those ecosystems in many ways,” she explains. “Their curiosity and vulnerability, however, puts them at great risk. I think Save the Manatee Club is doing tremendous work in conserving and protecting the manatees.”
For more information about manatees, and to adopt one for Father’s Day, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646), or visit their web site at www.savethemanatee.org, where you can also sign up for the Club’s free E-Newsletter.
Also visit The Manatee Store, the Club’s online shopping center, for more Father’s Day gift ideas. Go to www.shopsavethemanatee.org.
You can follow the Club using Twitter http://twitter.com/savethemanatee and Facebook www.facebook.com/savethemanateeclub. Watch manatees in their natural habitat on the Club’s Blue Spring webcams at manatv.org.