Having a lifespan of about 60 years, manatees are calm herbivores with no known natural enemies that spend most of their time eating, sleeping and traveling. These spectacular mammals have their day of honor each year on the last Wednesday in March, as people across the country celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day
Manatee Appreciation Day events usually take place in areas with large manatee populations, such as here in Crystal River, Florida, or even Mexico and the Caribbean. Zoos and marine biology centers may offer special manatee-related programming on Manatee Appreciation Day. You can celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day anywhere by researching manatees, starting your own awareness campaign, or donating to manatee conservation programs.
When in the Crystal River area, stop by the Manatee Gift Store located inside the ALL ABOUT NATURE store on Citrus Ave. and pick up FREE Manatee Post Cards and other items related to the Manatee.