Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species

Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species

We’ve heard of manatees in Florida, but did you know about the fresh-water manatees of the South American rainforests or those along the waterways of western Africa?

Scientists are studying these unique water mammals in a race to save them from harm by boat propellers, pollution, and illegal hunting. This fascinating book contains many photographs and a great deal of information, especially about the West Indian manatees. Fly with the author on a manatee count in Florida, and watch scientists in Mexico give manatee health assessments.

Less is known about the Amazonian manatees, so travel by canoe with wildlife biologists as they use GPS tracking to locate tagged manatees that have been raised at a wildlife conservation center then released into the murky rivers of Brazil.

And the West African manatee is even more mysterious and hard to find. How did manatees get there from their South American origins? How can these endangered creatures be saved across 16 countries with different cultures, languages, and beliefs?

A useful list of resources and websites is included, as well as a glossary of terms used in the book (peduncle? biomass?) to help readers understand more about these gentle aquatic herbivores. Part of the Scientists in the Field series, 80 pages.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA

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