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Twelve manatees start new life in wild in largest release

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By ITN News Editor March 29, 2019 13:20

Twelve manatees start new life in wild in largest release

Twelve manatees began new lives in the wilds of the Amazon over the weekend when they were released into a Brazilian nature reserve. The action was the region’s largest manatee conservation release ever.The manatees were victims of illegal hunting and ranged in age from three to 16 years old. They weighed some 120 kilograms on average and were about two metres long. They included seven females and five males.They were reintroduced into the wild in the Piagacu-Purus Sustainable Development Reserve, located some 173 kilometres from Manaus.Researcher Vera da Silva explained that the manatee is at risk of extinction in the Amazon and that the conservation program is essential to the species survival. The program began 10 years ago.The marine mammal is known for its docile manner and slow movement, making it easy prey for hunters.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 29, 2019 13:20

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