Release Transport Truck for Florida Manatee Hospital
Organized by: Ginny Edmonds
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is a non-profit zoo that participates in the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of the Endangered Florida Manatee. Since 1991, the hospital has received 384 patients and has successfully helped 215 manatees recover and return to the wild. Manatees receive life threatening injuries from boat impact and propeller, entanglement and ingestion of monofilament line, entanglement with crab trap line, exposure to extreme cold water and exposure to red tide toxin. Any of the previous situations can lead to manatee moms being separated from their calves, leaving them orphaned. Orphaned calves can be raised at the zoo and released after two years. Once recovered, the manatee rehab team transports manatees back to their home in the wild using a rental box truck. The manatee hospital staff is in need of a proper transport truck that provides climate control for the manatees for a safe and comfortable trip back to their home. The cost to acquire and retrofit a truck for the manatees is estimated at $70,000 Any donation to help us acquire a transport truck would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!