Adopt-A-Manatee®

Symbolically adopt or renew an adoption of a real manatee for yourself or as a gift, starting at as little as $25 per year! The manatees in our program are real, living manatees with known histories, and funds go toward efforts to help protect imperiled manatees and their aquatic habitat. No matter which manatee you choose to adopt, adopting one helps all manatees.

If you'd prefer not to adopt online, you can send an adoption application by mail or call us at 1 (800) 432-5646 to adopt over the phone with our team.

Adoption Materials

Membership Packet Materials

For as little as 7 cents a day you can help manatees! To show our appreciation for your support, every manatee adoption packet includes:

  • A one-year membership to Save the Manatee Club.
  • A membership handbook filled with photos, facts, and information. (With new adoptions)
  • A biography and official adoption certificate of the manatee you choose.
  • Our official newsletter, The Manatee Zone, four times a year.
  • A FREE 2024 Save the Manatee Club Calendar, while supplies last.
  • A FREE membership gift at the Friend level or above, listed below.

Membership Levels

Associate

$25
  • Associate members receive an adoption packet, which includes a biography and certificate of adoption for your selected manatee and our membership handbook.

Friend

$35
  • A manatee Friend will receive all the Associate level materials along with a blue, debossed luggage tag.

Sponsor

$75
  • When you become a manatee Sponsor, you will receive your adoption packet as well as an exclusive SMC t-shirt. You can also substitute the shirt for the Friend level gift.

Guardian

$100
  • Guardians of the manatee can collect a cotton bucket hat with their adoption packet, or they can substitute the gift for one available at a lower adoption level.

Steward

$500
  • Our manatee Stewards will receive their adoption packet, plus a heavy-duty cotton tote with navy-colored stripes. This gift can also be substituted for any other gift available in the program

Educator

$20
  • Educators can adopt at any level and request classroom educational materials, however we do offer a discounted level exclusively to educators.
  • Due to tax substantiation laws, the discounted school membership is ineligible for a membership gift.

Meet the Manatees

Click on each manatee's picture to explore their story and learn how to adopt them! Updates are provided quarterly in our newsletter, The Manatee Zone. Blue Spring adoptees and Homosassa Springs adoptees can also be seen on our webcams.

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  • Alabama
  • Blue Spring State Park
  • East Coast
  • Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
  • Tampa Bay
  • The Florida Keys
Manatee Annie swimming past the screen with her small calf just behind her.

Annie

Annie was rescued as an orphaned calf and released in 2008. Not a shy manatee, she is quite popular with Blue Spring State Park visitors.

An underwater photo of Aqua the manatee.

Aqua

Aqua was first sighted at the park in 2011 and has been a regular winter visitor since. Identified by scars on her left shoulder, she has had five known calves.

An underwater photo of Ariel the manatee in the clear waters of Homosassa Springs.

Ariel

Ariel was just two weeks old when she was rescued with her mom, Amanda. She lifts her head out of the water to “smile” at manatee education program visitors.

Remembrance Adoptions

These manatees haven't been seen in a while or have passed away, so there will likely not be any updates on these adoptees. However, adoptions are still available so we can share their stories. 

Electra

Electra

Rescued in 1998, park staff said that Electra was spunky and liked to follow her own path despite her injuries. She passed away in August 2020.

Georgia

Georgia

Georgia was a favorite at Blue Spring State Park who passed away in 2015. She was a wonderful, caring mother for her own calves and also for orphans in need.

Ilya

Ilya

Ilya famously traveled to Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2009. He passed away in July 2018 in the Florida Keys due to fatal injuries from a watercraft collision.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you decide which manatees will be in Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program?

Fossil remains of manatee ancestors show they have inhabited Florida for about 45 million years. Modern manatees have been in Florida for over one million years (probably with intermittent absences during the Ice Ages). The present Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is a subspecies endemic (or “native”) to Florida. Genetic studies indicate that it is not derived from the populations in Mexico or Central America but more likely colonized Florida from the Greater Antilles thousands of years ago, after the last Ice Age. Having inhabited these waters far longer than modern civilizations, manatees in Florida today have every right to be considered Florida natives.

Why do some manatees in the Adopt-A-Manatee program seem to leave the warm-water refuges much earlier than the others?

We have to keep in mind that the adoptive manatees are wild animals with individual behavior. Some manatees come late and leave early and, occasionally, certain manatees will skip a season and winter at another warm-water area.

Am I the only one to adopt a manatee in the program?

Since we have a limited number manatees in the Adopt-A-Manatee program, you will be one of many people who are an adoptive “parent” of the manatee you choose. However, the money from the Adopt-A-Manatee program goes toward increasing public awareness and education; sponsoring research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; advocating for strong protection measures, such as boat speed zones and sanctuaries; taking legal action when appropriate; and supporting rescue, rehabilitation, research, and education efforts in the Wider Caribbean, South America, and West Africa in order to protect all manatees and their aquatic habitat.

For more information on the manatee adoption program, visit the Adopt-A-Manatee® page.

Do you track the adoptees in your program?

We do not track the adoptees in our program. Tracking is typically reserved for manatees that have been recently released so researchers can monitor their adjustment to the wild.

Will I receive a receipt for my online transaction?

Yes, all online transactions should automatically generate a receipt. However, please check your spam or junk folder as occasionally receipts may end up there. If you provided the wrong email address or there was a typo, please contact either membership@savethemanatee.org or donate@savethemanatee.org for assistance in reissuing a receipt.

What shipping method do you use?

We ship via USPS (United States Postal Service) for domestic orders.

How long does it typically take for domestic orders to be delivered?

On average, domestic shipping times range from 2 weeks to 3 weeks. However, please note that factors such as inclement weather, shipment distance, and technical difficulties can affect the delivery time.

Do you offer international shipping?

Yes, we offer international shipping. However, please be aware that international shipping times can vary based on the destination country. As a general estimate, expect a minimum of three weeks for international deliveries.

Are there any additional costs associated with international shipping?

Yes, international shipping increases our postage costs by approximately $15 USD. We greatly appreciate donations to help cover this additional charge.

Are there any countries you cannot ship to?

We cannot ship to countries that USPS has suspended shipping to. Please refer to the list of suspended countries at USPS Service Alerts - International for more information.

Are there any customs or import fees for international shipments?

Some countries, such as those in the European Union, may have customs or other import fees. Please be aware of the potential additional costs when ordering internationally.

What happens if an international shipment is returned due to unclaimed or invalid address?

In the case of returned international shipments marked as not claimed or having an invalid address, we require an additional charge for reshipment.