November is Manatee Awareness Month! Every year we get the chance to show our appreciation for the gentle sea cows that call the Florida coast line home.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo takes part in rescue and rehabilitation efforts to help keep our marine friends numbers afloat. There are natural threats, however manatees will more often be injured by boat collisions, loose fishing gear, or ingesting trash in the waters. Since 1991, the David A. Straz Jr, Manatee Critical Care Center has provided critical care to over 400 Florida manatees.
The critical care center is the first of its kind and is currently undergoing renovations to better serve the sea giants that need our aid! The water filtration system is being upgraded to provide a better life support system to help provide advanced, specialized care to these mammals. While this renovation takes place, The Zoo’s veterinary team is providing critical care at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and will be continuing our efforts to care for manatees.
We remain steadfast in our continued commitment to care for manatees and all of Florida wildlife.