Will the Florida Manatees Survive?

This discussion topic submitted by Jenny Schafer at 4:00 pm on 3/27/00. Additions were last made on Saturday, December 15, 2001.

I have always been intrigued by manatees, and this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about them. I plan to teach the class about the environment in which Florida manatees live and why many manatees are killed each year for reasons that may be avoidable. Manatees are important because they are endangered species, and their situation may be similar to other threatened animals.

-description of manatees(food, habitat, relatives, history)
-current status of Florida manatee populations
-factors that influence manatee survival(human disturbances, disease, etc.)
-possible protection plans
-prediction for the future


Bossart, Gregory D. "The Florida Manatee: On the Verge of Extinction?" Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association 214.8 (1999):1178-1183.

Dietz, Tim. The Call of the Siren: Manatees and Dugongs. Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, 1992.

Luoma, Jon R. "What's Killing the Manatees?" Audobon Jul-Aug 1996:18-22.

Marmontel, Miriam, et al. "Population Viability Analysis of the Florida Manatee, 1976-1991" Conservation Biology 11.2 (1997):467-481.

Miller, Karl E., et al. "An evaluation of strip-transect aerial survey methods for monitoring manatee populations in Florida" Wildlife Society Bulletin 26.3 (1998):561-570.

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