Feeding. . . and hunting manatees
The hunting photo was taken by Amazonia Expeditions staff biologist Andy Bicerra, and is owned by Amazonia Expeditions
The river manatee must be among the cutest large animals around, but it’s not very well known.
Don’t confuse the river manatee, a mammal that swims in the rivers of the Amazon basin, with the similar ocean mammal off the coast of the Americas. I learned about the river manatee by visiting the Centro de Rescate Amazonico (CREA) outside the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru. It’s an endangered species, important to the Amazon eco-system. Thanks in large part to the largess of the Dallas World Aquarium (DWA), CREA has an extensive program to rehabilitate manatees and return them to the wild. DWA does not keep any river manatees in its exhibit.