Her Pride And Joy: Adopt-A-Manatee® This Mother’s Day

A photo of the Mother's Day Charm, which features a manatee-shaped charm, a heart-shaped charm with "Save the Manatee" written in script, attached to a claw-style clasp.

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MAITLAND, FL—Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift? Why not Adopt-A-Manatee from Save the Manatee® Club? Mom will receive a personalized adoption certificate and a biography of a real-life manatee. It’s a great way to show your appreciation while also helping to protect manatees for generations to come.

All manatees in the Adopt-A-Manatee program are living manatees studied by research teams in Florida and have known histories that are traced through female matriarchs. One popular adoptee is Annie, a very nurturing manatee who has given birth nearly every two years since 2012! She has now had six calves, most recently a female that was born at Blue Spring State Park on March 17, 2023. Another is Lily, who has returned to Blue Spring each year since 1974 and has had at least 10 calves. Calves usually stay with their mother for one to two years before being weaned, during which time they nurse, learn how to find fresh water and winter warm-water sites, and navigate the waterways.

Each symbolic manatee adoption starts at $25 and includes a one-year Save the Manatee Club membership. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, with updates on adoptable manatees and additional important manatee information. For a limited time, Mother’s Day adoptions at the Friend level ($35) or above also include an adorable manatee charm. Please order by Monday, May 1 for delivery by Mother’s Day. Personalized adoption certificates are emailed instantly, so manatee adoptions make a great last-minute gift!

Funds from the Adopt-A-Manatee program directly support Save the Manatee Club in its mission to protect manatees and their habitat, including emergency rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; education and public awareness programs; and other critical work to address the ongoing manatee mortality crisis in the Indian River Lagoon. To Adopt-A-Manatee, visit or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).


Save the Manatee Club, established in 1981 by the late renowned singer-songwriter, author, and entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett, along with former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, is dedicated to safeguarding manatees and preserving their aquatic habitat. For more information about manatees and the Club’s efforts, visit or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

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