Save the Manatee Club is the world's leading manatee conservation organization. It was established in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett. The Club, a membership-based, nonprofit organizat... Read more
Save the Manatee Club is the world's leading manatee conservation organization. It was established in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, and singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett. The Club, a membership-based, nonprofit organization, was formed with one mission: to protect manatees and their habitat.
Save the Manatee Club is a national non-profit organization dedicated solely to protecting endangered manatees and their habitat. The purpose of SMC is to promote public awareness and education; help fund manatee research and rescue and rehabilitation efforts; and to lobby for the protection of manatees and their habitat. SMC's programs are funded primarily by their Adopt-A-Manatee program.
by Evelyn C. from Lynn Haven, FL
(October 23, 2009)
I can't remember when or where I first saw a manatee, but it was love at first sight. When one first sees a manatee one thinks "they are so ugly, only a mother can love". Soon one sees their beauty and loves them and wants to protect their enviroment. The more one learns how endangered the manatee are the more one wants to help save this wonderful Florida treasure. Through contact with the legislature and by volunteering one can keep the plight of the manatee foremost in the minds of all who care. Every governor and elected offical vows to protect the manatee, but once in office they soon forget their promise. It is up to us, the volunteers, to constantly remind the politicians and the public that unless laws are made to slow down development and enforce speed zones where the manatee gather man will selfishly destroy this gentle creature. One must do all one can to Save the Manatee. Adopt a manatee and become a volunteer. Each one reach one and together we can make a difference!
I have done tables at "fairs" and presentations for children and adults at our local museum of natural history. At all times Janice Nearing and her predecessor have been wonderful on giving me plenty of information and support to make it possible for me to do a "super job". The opportunities keep coming in to do more public appearances to help the manatee survive in this hostile environment man has created. I am very glad to be able to do my share in educating people on the situation and very glad that there is an organization like the Save The Manatee Club to direct us.
Over twenty years ago my spouse brought a newsletter home from a fledgling organization called the Save the Manatee Club. Looking through the newsletter I kept saying "somebody needs to do something" until the proverbial light bulb went on over my head that said "Hey, You're a Somebody!" My spouse and I have been volunteering for them ever since. They are completely committed to the cause of protecting the manatee whose sole enemies are humans, and educating everyone on what these gentle creatures are and what we can learn from them. GO SMC!!
Along with Save the Manatees mission- I love this organization because they need volunteers constantly- so I immediately felt worthwhile and useful. Yes- mailings are part of many opportunities but so are face to face interactions with the public educating people about manatees. The employees at Save the Manatee are helpful and patient. I have been with this organization for about five years and I feel that I am making difference.
Save the Manatee Club performs the vital function of educating the children and adults of this nation about the plight of the endangered manatee by raising awareness of how every individual no matter how young or old can help preserve this gentle animal and its habitat.