Florida wildlife officials see manatees dying at an alarming rate
Manatees are having a difficult time in Florida. So far, 819 manatee fatalities have been recorded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission through June 25. For perspective, that is 182 more manatee deaths than the total recorded in 2020.
5 rehabilitated manatees released from Jacksonville Zoo
This photo shows two of the five rehabilitated manatees that were released last week from Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Five rehabilitated manatees were released last week from Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens -- the largest releases of manatees from the zoo in its history. Orphaned manatees need to be large enough before they can return to the wild, so Amelia and Irma went to the Jacksonville Zoo in February 2020 to continue their development. Ad“Releasing these animals not only marks the successful rehabilitation of five more manatees, it also frees up critical space so additional manatees can be treated at our Zoo,” said Craig Miller, curator of mammals at the Jacksonville Zoo. The manatee rescue and rehabilitation program has cared for 27 manatees and released 21 since the center opened in 2017.
Due in part to cold stress, 5 manatees in rehab at Jacksonville Zoo
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Because of the cold temperatures during winter, some manatees have become cold-stressed. It’s resulted in a record number of mammals in rehab at the Jacksonville Zoo. “It’s the first time … we’re rehabbing five animals,” said Craig Miller, with the Jacksonville Zoo. “They can be, you know, even longer -- four to five, six months depending on, even potentially longer, depending on how severe that cold stress is.”As a result of the cold winter, the Jacksonville Zoo isn’t the only spot with a record number of rehab patients. “We’re just trying to make sure we’re available to help out if if needed.”AdThe zoo will release the manatees when they’re healthy enough to survive on their own.