Worldwide Efforts

Save the Manatee Club works with researchers and communities worldwide to ensure the survival of manatees around the globe. On International Manatee Day, we want to highlight the dedication shown to imperiled manatees and their aquatic habitat outside of the continental United States.

To support projects like these, donations can be made to our International Rescue Fund to provide assistance to our international partners, our Emergency Rescue Fund to aid work in the United States, and our Amazon Wish List to provide physical items to facilities at home and abroad.

©Fundación Internacional para la Naturaleza y la Sustentabilidad (FINS)

Wider Caribbean

  • Save the Manatee Club has provided funds and in-kind gifts, courtesy of our supporters’ generous donations, to Wildtracks, the only manatee rehabilitation facility in Belize. Items sent to Wildtracks include milk replacement formula, probiotics and vitamins, thermometers, GPS tracking gear, cameras and binoculars for research, brushes, scales, water pumps, a pressure washer, solar power equipment, transportation and tracking equipment, and much more.
  • We have supported El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico by providing them funding for health assessments and tracking equipment.
  • We have worked with Fundación Internacional para la Naturaleza y la Sustentabilidad (FINS) in Mexico to provide support for the rehabilitation of an orphaned manatee calf, Pompeyo. Rescued in 2021 weighing only 29 pounds, Pompeyo now weighs 150 pounds! The care team is starting to prepare for his release back into the wild. Save the Manatee Club also funded releases in Quintana Roo as well as local education initiatives, including a campaign educating the local population about the rehabilitation process.
  • After Hurricane Maria, we assisted the Centro de Conservación de Manatíes del Caribe in Puerto Rico with funding to help them rebuild their facility. Save the Manatee Club has also worked with the center to create and distribute information in Spanish.
  • Save the Manatee Club has provided education and outreach materials to partners in Cuba and Haiti to help prevent manatee poaching by villagers.
  • In the Bahamas, we have helped provide supplies and resources for a manatee monitoring program.
  • We have helped fund health assessments for manatees in Jamaica and provided educational items for local schoolchildren.


  • We have supported the African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO), based in Cameroon, through funding outreach and education efforts in Lake Ossa and their expansion to the Nkam River. We have also provided grants for genetic research projects, alternative livelihood programs, and invasive plant species management in Lake Ossa.
  • We sponsored speakers for the African Manatee Symposium in Senegal.
  • Save the Manatee Club contributed funds to help rescue several African manatees trapped behind a dam in Senegal.
  • We have funded alternative livelihood opportunities, as well as education and outreach materials for communities in Nigeria, where manatees are still traditionally hunted for sustenance.
  • Save the Manatee Club also gave a grant to the African Aquatic Conservation Fund for a manatee threat assessment study in Nigeria.
  • In January 2022, we supported the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Research in the successful, first-ever effort by two government agencies to rescue and release an illegally captured African manatee.
  • Save the Manatee Club has provided items for manatee research and education, as well as formula, medicine, and funds for the care of orphaned manatee calves in West Africa.

©African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO)

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South America

  • We have worked with the Rainforest Awareness Rescue Education Center (RAREC), located in Peru, to help fund a new rehabilitation clinic for Amazonian manatees. The new clinic provides vital care and rehabilitation services while helping train the next generation of manatee experts through their student veterinary program. Save the Manatee Club has also supported the rehabilitation, release, and post-release monitoring of manatees in Peru.
  • Save the Manatee Club has provided funds to the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute for the Sirenians in the Amazon Estuary Research and Conservation Network (SEA). SEA aims to better understand the distribution and stranding events of manatees in the Brazilian Amazon by promoting collaboration between research institutions and other stakeholders, as well as to improve wildlife rescue and management capabilities in the region. Save the Manatee Club funding also supports manatee rehabilitation, professional capacity building, environmental awareness education, and genetic studies.
  • We worked with the Omacha Foundation to ensure the rescue, relocation, and care of several manatees in Colombia to protect them from poaching.
  • We have provided support for health assessments for manatees in Venezuela.
  • We provided funds for the rescue of an orphaned manatee calf in Peru.
  • Save the Manatee Club assisted the University of Quintana Roo in Mexico to support the Third Latin American Manatee Symposium, held in Lima, Peru.