Boat Strike Manatee Patient and Calf Get Released Back to Florida Waters After Months of Intensive Rehabilitation and Care at ZooTampa
After a long journey back to health, two of ZooTampa’s rehabilitated manatee patients were released back to Florida waters yesterday. Fern and Wilbur’s journey culminates today as the duo, named after characters from the book Charlotte’s Web, were returned to their home waters of Charlotte County.
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After years of conservation efforts in Florida to save the manatees — by creating “no wake” zones for boaters and increasing awareness — manatee deaths are rising again. Each manatee in the care of ZooTampa is in the process of being rehabilitated.
“2019 was a banner year for us, with more to come in 2020 and beyond as ZooTampa continues to transform, offering unique and unforgettable natural connections that form lifelong memories,” said Joe Couceiro, CEO of ZooTampa. “National Geographic summed it up well when they affirmed ZooTampa as, ‘The ideal destination for anyone who loves animals.’ I am confident that our full slate of 2020 activities will delight anyone who aligns with our mission and seeks to connect with the magnificent creatures who share our world.”
Rhinos, panthers and a sun bear oh my! There are plenty of new faces at ZooTampa with Kasey the sun bear and Kayin our baby White Rhino becoming the newest residents at ZooTampa. We are also saying good bye to Pepper and Cypress, our panther kittens, as the find they’re permanent home at White Oak Conservation.
Trio of Florida Manatees Get Released Back to Florida Waters After Months of Rehabilitation and Care at ZooTampa
After more than a year of rehabilitation and care, three of ZooTampa’s manatee patients were released back to Florida waters. The trio, Sriracho, Obsidian and Slate, are now healthy calves weighing a combined total of more than 1800 pounds.
A team of experts, led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, are working together to care for a pair of endangered Florida panther kittens orphaned after their mom suffered from an unknown neurological disorder affecting panthers and bobcats. The kittens are being cared for at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, one of the state’s top facilities for the rehabilitation of this endangered Florida species.