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In Southwest Florida, it is often necessary to have storm water retention areas on developed properties. At Manatee Park, this water retention area was planted with wetland vegetation to provide wildlife habitat, improve aesthetics and help filter…
Manatees are large, brownish-gray, seal-shaped marine mammals.
Adult manatees can grow up to 13 feet and weigh up to 3,000 pounds.
Female manatees are usually larger than males.
Skeleton not fat
A majority of a manatee's body weight does n…
Though a manatee's appearance is far from what you might see in your bathroom mirror, humans and manatee are more closely related than you might think.
Manatees have lungs just like humans. When active, they surface every three t…
Manatee Island, in the Caloosahatchee River, is hereby donated to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to inspire a renewed interest in land dedicated to the information of the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, established July 1, 1920, by Pres…
What are Butterflies
Butterflies and Moths are insects that belong to the order Lepidoptera. The Greek word for scale (lepid) and wing (ptera) is joined to mean scale-wing. Their body four wings, and six legs are almost entirely covered with tin…
Discovering travel patterns and habits of manatees helps researchers understand them and help State and Federal Agencies protect them. There are several different ways researchers track manatee travels.
The manatee's closest living relative is the elephant. They have a number of features in common. Manatees have a flexible prehensile lip that functions in a similar way to the trunk of an elephant. It grabs vegetation and places it in the animal's…
Protecting, conserving, and enhancing our nation's priceless fish and wildlife resources are the primary responsibilities of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service oversees marine mammal protection, wildlife law enforcement , migratory s…
Leaves changing color and cooler weather let humans know when seasons are changing. In Florida the seasonal changes are more subtle, but recognized by the Florida manatee.
Manatees are usually found in shallow, slow-moving water. They are know…
Manatees aren't the only animals that visit Manatee Park. A wide range of native Florida wildlife can be seen at the park. Some are just passing through, while other are full-time residents. What other wildlife do you see?