New Addition to the Family: Adopt-A-Manatee® for Mom

A handcrafted ornament with a manatee mother and calf is available free when you adopt at $35 or more.
A handcrafted ornament with a manatee mother and calf is available free when you adopt at $35 or more.

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Easier to care for than a newborn, less dishes than breakfast in bed, and more hypoallergenic than kittens: You can adopt a real manatee this Mother’s Day through Save the Manatee Club. The Club’s popular program features living, named manatees with known histories and is a great present for your mom, wife, grandmother, best friend, or anyone special in your life.

Annual membership adoptions at Save the Manatee Club feature a personalized adoption packet that includes an adoption certificate, photo, and life history of a real Florida manatee, as well as a fact-filled membership handbook. Four print newsletters and six e-newsletters are also sent to gift recipients throughout the year. Adopt at the $35 level or above and receive an adorable manatee mom and calf ornament by Kevin Rowley with the packet. Shipping is free within the United States. The manatees up for adoption include manatee moms Una, Aqua, Moo Shoo, Lily (a grandmother herself), and the rather rare mother-of-twins Phyllis. All of these manatees and more can be viewed on the Club’s website at Order by May 2 for Mother’s Day delivery within the United States. 

“Saving manatees involves rescue, rehabilitation, and so much more,” explains Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club’s Executive Director and Aquatic Biologist. “One of the best ways I know to ensure the future of these gentle creatures is to protect the aquatic habitat manatees call home.”

Save the Manatee Club was founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett. The Club’s mission is to protect manatees and their habitat. For the past 38 years, Save the Manatee Club, an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has educated millions around the world about imperiled manatees and the threats to their long-term survival.

“Through the Adopt-A-Manatee program, anyone and everyone can be a part of the work done at Save the Manatee Club,” says Rose.

For more information about manatees and adopting a real manatee as a gift or for yourself, call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) or visit You can also read about the Club’s activities and accomplishments or follow the Club using TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Instagram. Check out manatee videos on YouTube.


Save the Manatee Club, established in 1981 by the late renowned singer-songwriter, author, and entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett, along with late 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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