Newt The Manatee

A 2-month-old manatee calf arrived at the end of January to our Center. We praise the Wildlife Authorities of the Amazon for their swift response and rapid action.

The local fishing community accidentally caught him along the Amazon River, and realised he was alone, with no mom in sight. It’s possible his mother fell victim to poaching, and this was the reason they found him bobbing around their nets.

Manatee calves need to drink milk from their mothers until they are around 2 years old. Thankfully, because of the fast reaction of the district and our authorities (DIREPRO) in responding to local fisherman distress calls, this little boy stands a chance of surviving.

When our manatee calf, Newt, arrived, he had a number of wounds to his fins and tail. We believe these were caused by his capture from the net used. The three photos on the left show what they looked like when he arrived. After 2 and a half months with daily cleaning and treatment, they are looking great! The three photos on the right were taken last week to compare his progress.

On World Wildlife Day 2023, we announced that with the help of Save The Manatee Club, our new baby manatee has been named ‘Olivia Newton-John’ with the nickname ‘Newt’! We are honored to name our rescued calf after the late Olivia Newton-John and her husband, who both dedicated their lives to supporting wildlife conservation and protecting our planet’s natural resources.

World Wildlife Day is a global celebration of the many beautiful and diverse forms of wildlife that inhabit our planet. It is a day to raise awareness about the challenges facing these species and to encourage action to protect them and their habitats. At RAREC, we are committed to this cause, and we believe that by working together, we can make a difference in the lives of these incredible creatures.

As our baby manatee will require formula for the following two years, we will be needing more vitamins, Isomil human non-lactose baby formula (Similac Soy Milk), and more Milk Matrix 33/40. Please find our Amazon wishlist link, and consider contributing to our efforts to protect and conserve the amazing wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest.

Newt is currently doing great and is growing fast! 

You can sponsor Newt by donating from $5 a month via Paypal or through the RAREC store with a $50 one-off donation, You can also gift the sponsorship to a loved one for $65 and receive the whole sponsorship pack PLUS a keyring handmade here in the Amazon. Sponsor Newt here!

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