West Indian Manatee Conservation- Draft #1

This topic submitted by Rachel Whynott ( whynotrm@miamioh.edu) at 12:02 AM on 3/30/07.

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The West Indian Manatee of Florida is one of the most well-recognized animals, but it is also one of the most endangered. It was discovered long ago, but research on this fascinating creature did not begin until 25 years ago. Its continued survival is pertinent in many aspects, for both the environment and human industry (tourism). My paper will explore the influence of humans on manatee survival and the ways that humans are beginning to protect and save them.

I. Introduction
A. Manatee facts and description
B. Negative effects humans have on manatees

II. Human Impact upon Manatee Survival
A. Boating
B. Perinatal deaths
C. Other

III.Manatee Rescue
A. How manatees are rescued
B. Rereleasing into the wild

IV. Efforts for Conservation
A. Manatee Awareness
B. Laws (federal and state)
C. Future Outlook

V. Conclusion


Behrendt, Barbara. "Deaths of Newborn Manatees Up Locally." St. Petersburg Times. Jan. 5, 2002. .

"For the Love of HuMANATEE." Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. .

"Genetic Uniqueness Threaten's Florida Manatee's Future." Science Daily. Nov. 18, 1998. .

"Manatee Info." Save the Manatee Club. .

"Manatee Mortality Statistics." Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Coommission. .

"Protecting Manatees." FPL Group Company. .

Schaefer, Joe and John Tucker. "Laws That Protect Florida's Wildlife." University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. .

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