South Florida Museum is widely known for its world-famous manatee, Snooty, who just celebrated his 65th Birthday on July 21st, but do people really know what goes into caring for Snooty and his manatee friends? As part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Program, Snooty shares his pool with two other manatees throughout the year while they recuperate, grow, and prepare to be returned back to their home in the wild. South Florida Museum has launched the Ripple Effect campaign to help feed Snooty and his friends – together they eat more than 200 lbs. of food each day. Local media is invited to visit the Museum at 10 am on August 27th to take a special behind-the-scenes look at caring for Snooty and the manatees at the South Florida Museum– how they are fed and cared for, the amount they eat each day, how 220 lbs. of vegetables is prepared, how we keep the habitat clean, and the cost of feeding the manatees.
The presentations should last until approximately 11 am. Marilyn Margold, Director of Living Collections at the South Florida Museum, will be available for interviews immediately following the demonstrations.
Presentations will include:
- “Coming In and Going Out” – Aquarium technicians demonstrate how they clean and maintain the manatees’ habitat by scuba diving in the pool each morning. You’ll also have a chance to take a look at the massive filtration system that keeps the aquarium clean and the water flowing.
- “Sirenian ‘Cooking’ Demo” – Aquarium staff and volunteers demonstrate how manatee food is prepared and delivered to the manatees – eating that much each day takes a lot of time.
- “A Whole Lotta Lettuce” – What does 220 pounds of food a day look like?
- “18 pounds of Veggies” – What would a day’s worth of food amount to if humans ate in the same way that manatees do?
- “An Apple a Day” – How does Snooty’s diet and feeding structure differ from that of the manatees undergoing rehabilitation?
Please RSVP to Jessica Schubick by Monday, August 26th at 5 pm:
Phone: 941-746-4131, ext. 14 / Cell: 646-522-1779
About the South Florida Museum
South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Check the website for current operating hours. General admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and over), $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. South Florida Museum is currently celebrating 65 years of engaging and inspiring visitors and the community. South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. The facility includes the Bishop Planetarium Theater and Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to Snooty™ the manatee, Manatee County’s most famous resident and the oldest known manatee in the world. For more information about hours, current exhibitions and special programs, please call 941-746-4131 or visit www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org.