New Manatee Arrives at The Bishop for Rehabilitation

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Pictured: members of The Bishop's animal care team and staff from ZooTampa take measurements upon Aria's arrival on Tuesday.

A manatee injured by a boat strike and suffering from cold stress that was originally rescued in January arrived at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s Stage 2 rehabilitation facility last week. Nicknamed Aria, the young manatee, estimated to be about 1 1/2, will join Janus and Iclyn, the manatees already being cared for in The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat. Aria weighed just 220 pounds when she was rescued. When she arrived at The Bishop on Tuesday, she was just over 6 feet long and about 340 pounds. The Bishop has been rehabilitating manatees since 1998 and was a founding member of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP)  in 2001. Spending time in the Museum’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat allows manatees time to finish the recovery process, grow and prepare for their return to the wild.  The Bishop is also unveiling a new monthly support program for manatees: Bishop Foster Friends.  Donations made through Bishop Foster Friends will be matched by Florida Power & Light Company’s charitable arm, the NextEra Energy Foundation. FPL will match up to $20,000 of donations made to Bishop Foster Friends.Monthly donations will provide guaranteed support for manatees, one of Florida’s most beloved — and threatened — species. Bishop Foster Friends receive special benefits, including a quarterly newsletter focused on the rehabilitating manatees, exclusive programs and unique merchandise.

Pictured: members of The Bishop's animal care team and staff from ZooTampa take measurements upon Aria's arrival on Tuesday.

Courtesy of The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

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