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Sealed With a Kiss: Adopt-A-Manatee for Someone This Valentine's Day

Feb 01, 2020 12:21PM ● By Dave Beveridge
This Valentine’s Day, give a gift with heart and adopt-a-manatee from Save the Manatee Club  (SMC). Choose a real, living manatee from the SMC’s adoption program and receive a certificate
with a photo and biography of your manatee, along with newsletters and social media updates.

Not only do adoptions make a cute, thoughtful gift, it also helps protect manatees and their habitat. Funds from the Adopt-A-Manatee program support SMC’s efforts to increase public
education; sponsor manatee research, rescue, and rehabilitation; and advocate for strong protection measures to protect manatees and their habitat. The SMC also supports rescue, rehabilitation,
research and education efforts in the wider Caribbean, Central and South America, and West Africa. These efforts work to prevent human-related manatee deaths and promote the recovery of
this imperiled species.

The Club was founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. For the past 39 years, the Club, an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has educated millions around the world about imperiled manatees and the threats to their long-term survival.

Cost: Membership adoptions start at $25. Location: 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL. For more information about manatees and to adopt for Valentine’s Day, call 800-432-JOIN (5646) or visit
SaveTheManatee.org. See ad, page 23.
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