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Wildlife Nation  >  Episode 5

Join host Jeff Corwin on an adventure across central Florida to connect with the giant manatee! This weekend Jeff uncovers the harsh realities manatees face in the wild and works with conservationists who are racing to save this iconic species. Jeff also explores the vast waterways of central Florida, helps transport giant manatees to safety, cares for manatee babies who lost their parents, and dives alongside groups of manatees foraging for food. Check out an exclusive clip below! 

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Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus), Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
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David Hinkel/USFWS

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The greatest long-term threat to Florida's beloved manatee is the loss of warm water habitat that they need to survive the winter. You can take action today by calling on Governor DeSantis to save this threatened species and restore the Ocklawaha River for Florida’s wildlife! 

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Manatee, © Christina R Celano

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