St. Petersburg Times Online: Citrus County news
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Manatee Festival

How to adopt a manatee

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 10, 2003

The Save the Manatee Club offers "manatee adoptions" to further its manatee protection and education work.

Membership in the club provides funds for manatee research, manatee warning signs in Florida waterways, education and public awareness projects, protection of manatee habitat, lobbying efforts to protect manatees and habitat, in-service programs and educational materials for teachers and a demonstration of the power base showing state and national lawmakers the amount of support for manatee protection programs.

Those who adopt a manatee receive an adoption certificate, a photo and biography of an individual manatee.

Five manatees at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park are available for adoption. They are Amanda, Ariel, Betsy, Rosie and Lorelei. Manatees at Blue Springs State Park are also available for adoption.

The adoption fee is $20 for an individual, $30 for a friend, $50 for a sponsor, $100 for a guardian and $500 for a steward.

Contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N Maitland Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751 or call 1-800-432-JOIN. The club's Web site is

Back to Citrus County news

Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111

From today's
Citrus Times
  • Family suffers in fire's wake
  • Toddler's death ruled a homicide
  • Water managers lowering lake levels
  • Security door malfunctions injure courthouse visitors
  • Let the parrot in your head fly free
  • This week: Citrus
  • Lloyd Webber's tale of Joseph's magic coat coming to Ocala
  • Preps: New district alignment removes some obstacles
  • Preps: 'Canes passing tough tests
  • Letters: Need outweighs opposition on Sugarmill Woods center

  • Manatee Festival
  • Polishing jewel of a park
  • Mender of manatees
  • Watching the Blue Waters
  • Nature's business
  • Where to go for educational information
  • Guest Column: Stay the course to preserve a living part of Old Florida
  • Crystal River lauds its favorite marine mammal
  • Manatee-related web sites
  • National Wildlife Refuge System
  • Legal protection
  • Guidelines for manatee interaction
  • How to adopt a manatee
  • What to do if you see an injured manatee
  • The Friends of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
  • Where to see a manatee
  • Manatee facts