Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Manatee Appreciation Day Resources

Photo: National Geographic
This year, March 25th marks National Manatee Appreciation Day. Like with so many endangered animals, a special day is dedicated to raising awareness for the gentle manatees. The large, slow-moving animals are vulnerable to quick hunters who seek their meat and hide. Manatees are also often injured or killed by large boats which have dramatically increased in numbers, size and speed. Sadly, the Manatee population is decreasing.

Manatee Appreciation Day is widely celebrated in areas with large manatee populations such as Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. The main objective of the day of awareness is to continue to educate people all over the world of the harm the three manatee species face and what everyone can do to keep these cute and lovable "sea cows" safe.

If you would like to learn more, Mommy Maestra has gathered resources with neat Manatee facts, great books and printables. Enjoy!

National Geographic Kids: West Indian Manatee

National Geographic: Manatee Facts

Manatee Facts for Kids

National Geographic Readers: Manatees (Paperback)

A True Book: Manatees (Paperback)

Manatee Alert App

Manatee Printables

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