Friends of Manatee Lagoon is excited to announce we have created an extraordinary partnership with the Save the Manatee Club, the world’s leading manatee conservation organization.
You and your family now have a unique opportunity to adopt a real living manatee who frequents your area or other parts of Florida’s coastline.
By adopting a manatee, your donation goes towards efforts to help protect manatees, their calves, and their habitat. Unlike other animal adoption programs, the manatees in our adoption programs are real, living manatees with known histories.
View the manatees in the adoption program below.
Adopt-A-Manatee® and Receive:
- An adoption certificate with full-color photo and a biography of a real Florida manatee.
- A membership handbook.
- The Manatee Zone, our official Club newsletter, featuring updates on the adopted manatees.
- Paddle Tales, our eNewsletter (when an email address is provided).
- Free shipping for U.S. adoption orders.
Select a Manatee to Adopt
Ariel was just two weeks old when she was rescued with her mom Amanda. She lives at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. She is a regular at the manatee education programs, lifting her head out of the water to “smile” at the visitors.
Elsie is easily identified because her tail is badly mutilated from an encounter with a boat propeller. She has been seen in the Tampa Bay area and has had at least two calves. Once, Elsie was documented traveling a distance of about 111 miles in about 23 days.
Flicker is an adult female first documented in 1983 in Ft. Myers. She is named Flicker because she has a series of small propeller scars that reminded researchers of flickering flames. Flicker has been seen at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend power plant in Apollo Beach each winter.
Chessie was first sighted in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland in July of 1994. This rare manatee sighting created quite a stir. By October of that year, after it was determined that he was not going to head south on his own, Chessie was rescued and flown back to Florida so he wouldn’t die from cold stress. Chessie has been known to travel along the east coast of Florida and the southeastern coast of the U.S.