A naturally, notable gift this Father’s Day is a manatee adoption from Save the Manatee Club. The thoughtfulness and kindness behind giving a unique present to dad is certain to be a special moment on his well-deserved day.
Check out 34 manatees up for adoption at the Club’s website at savethemanatee.org/adoptees. Doc, Rocket, Howie, Gator, Flash, Floyd, Margarito, Nick, and Merlin are just some of the popular male manatees in the adoption program. New to the Club’s Blue Spring State Park manatee adoptees is Una, who was rescued as an orphan in 2003. She was released and gave birth to several calves over the years. Una was rescued again because of fishing line entanglement on both flippers. Once treated she was returned to the wild. All manatees in the Club’s adoption programs are real, living manatees with known histories, like Una.
It costs $25 to adopt a manatee for Father’s Day, and dad will receive a color photo, biography, and adoption certificate, along with a membership handbook, plus a year’s membership in Save the Manatee Club. He’ll receive the official printed newsletter, The Manatee Zone, four times a year, as well as the Club’s e-newsletter, Paddle Tales, throughout the year. Adopt at the $35 level and get a free exercise towel, another special surprise for dad. Shipping is free if mailed within the United States.
Young sisters Kasin and Karson from Georgia chose to adopt Gator for their dad last Father’s Day from Save the Manatee Club’s Blue Spring adoption program. Together with their grandmother, Patricia Stone Sanders, they had searched how to help the manatees. When they saw that “Gator” was available on Save the Manatee Club’s website, it was an easy choice because their father, mother, and grandparents grew up in Florida, and their dad is a University of Florida graduate. All are ardent Gator fans, however, the girls claim their dad is the biggest Gator in the house.
“Dad loved it!” declared Kasin and Karson when their dad, Kevin Obarski, had received his Father’s Day present. According to their grandmother, Kevin especially liked that the girls made the gift count by helping to “sustain these wonderful creatures for the future.”
Save the Manatee Club is an international nonprofit 501(c) (3) manatee conservation organization, co-founded in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida. The Adopt-A-Manatee® program helps raise funds to support the Club’s various conservation efforts, which include education and public awareness projects and extensive conservation work to protect Florida’s official state marine mammal and its aquatic habitat.