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Category: Aquarium – The Think Tank

Snooty's personality and charm gave face to the plight of wild, endangered manatees. He was also the spark that led the South Florida Museum to join the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership in 1998 and take an active role in rehabilitating sick or injured manatees so they could be returned to the wild. Snooty died in 2017, but his legacy will continue to live on at the South Florida Museum, which is redoubling its participation in the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP) under the leadership o [...]

Did you know that most students lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills over the summer months? That low-income students can lose more than two months in reading achievements while their higher-income peers are making slight gains? Each year, the South Florida Museum provides a vital natural science learning environment for more than 11,000 school children from 11 Florida counties as a complement to their classroom activities. But the Museum is also committed to supportin [...]

Read on for updates on Randall, Baca, and Gale, the 3 new manatees we welcomed into our Stage 2 Rehabilitation Facility, where the animals will continue to regain their health so that they can be returned to the wild. "Each of the new arrivals came into rehab for a different reason and has a different story to share," says Marilyn Margold, Director of Living Collections. Snooty, the Museum's resident manatee and the world's oldest-known manatee, is now mentoring: -- Randall, a 595-pound male res [...]

Snooty has some new pals in the Parker Manatee Aquarium! All manatees were brought to us from SeaWorld. They had been in the care of SeaWorld’s 1st stage manatee care hospital. The Museum works with SeaWorld to care for sick, injured, and orphaned manatees as part of the Manatee Rescue and Release Partnership: Randall is a male and was trapped in a culvert pipe near Palatka, FL; he was rescued December 13, 2016. Gale, a female, was brought into captivity as a calf still dependent on her mother, [...]