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Author: Jessica Schubick

After Snooty's tragic death in July, the South Florida Museum made a promise to the community to examine — with the help of outside experts — whether there were failures of physical facilities, whether there were human errors and whether appropriate policies and operating procedures were in place and followed. On Aug. 31, Museum officials thanked the community for its patience while the Board of Trustees conducted this evaluation and shared the results from the report and the details of the chan [...]

Snooty, the world's oldest-known manatee, died on July 23, 2017 at age 69. "Our initial findings indicate that Snooty's death was a heartbreaking accident and we're all devastated about his passing," said Brynne Anne Besio, the Museum's CEO. "We're reviewing what happened and will be conducting a full review of the circumstances. Snooty was such a unique animal and he had so much personality that people couldn't help but be drawn to him. As you can imagine, I -- and our staff, volunteers and boa [...]

Please join us for our 25th Annual Snooty's Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017 presented by Bank of America - featuring the sounds of Serenade of Souls, dinner by Michael's On East and a high-end silent auction and raffle. All proceeds benefit the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Laurie Voight at 941-216-3463 or LVoight@SouthFloridaMuseum.org for more information or to purchase tickets.