He actually adopted a tree in the tropical rainforest and a manatee down in Florida.
In recent years, a manatee traveled to New York and another swam up the Mississippi River!
Native animals range from the jaguar and howler monkey to the manatee , and there are more than 290 species of birds.
Imagine what a giraffe, or an elephant, or a manatee looked like to the first Europeans to see them.
He is hoping to test a prototype device with manatees in the natural environment under highly controlled research conditions.
The largest population of manatees is found in Florida, where approximately 2,000 individuals now live.
The gestation period is one full year for manatees , and cows give birth only once every 3 to 5 years.
The death toll was 325, with careless boaters killing 81 of those manatees .
But the manatees swam along the shore and the people followed the manatees all of the way down here.
Such encounters are so common that researchers are often able to identify manatees from their scar patterns.