This is Dana, the manatee my parents adopted for me when I was 9. She died last month due to boating accidents, the baby she was carrying died too. This was a sad reminder for me to renew my save the manatee club membership, and to keep supporting my other adopted manatee, Merlin.
On September 24, 2010, a one month old West African manatee calf washed up on the shores of Mayumba in Gabon, Africa. The calf was believed to be separated from his mother while swimming in the ocean. Measuring only 46 inches long and weighing 59 pounds when rescued, this young calf has received intense care from locals in Gabon, with the support of veterinarians and additional experts from the U.S. and other countries. Victor is the first orphan West African manatee calf to survive in a captive setting — a testament to his caretakers and his own indomitable spirit. In December, Save the Manatee Club sent 1,400 French coloring sheets and “Save the Manatee” stickers to Mayumba — one for every child in the village. We wanted to help raise awareness of manatees and the importance of protecting manatees like Victor in a region of Africa where manatees are still hunted.
Victor’s caretakers have done and continue to do an amazing job of caring for him, but they are running short on funds to feed this growing manatee calf, and they need our help. We have set up a special Amazon.com Wish List for Victor that includes formula, vitamins, and other supplements. Please click here to view the list and purchase items for Victor. All of the supplies will be received in our Florida office then transported to Gabon with the help of the embassy. Please donate today to help Victor, who has become an ambassador for his species in Gabon.
If the items you would like to donate are out of stock through Amazon.com, you are welcome to purchase the items from another supplier and send them to Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave., Suite 210, Maitland, FL 32751. Click on the following link to purchase the ZooLogic 23/30 milk matrix from Jeffer’s Pet. Please make sure to purchase the 23/30 formula in the 5 lb. bag and have it shipped to our Maitland office. Alternatively, you can contact me at email@example.com to make a monetary donation to support Victor.
As you can probably tell by my my username, I love manatees. I got this email from the Save the Manatee Club today, and while usually the manatee pictures simply make me smile and go “awww,” today I felt like taking action to help them. My sister and I just donated two bottles of vitamins to Victor, and I hope this post finds its way to others who want to help. And that the picture makes others go “awww” ^_^