Rescued Baby Manatee under care at Zoo
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A 10 month old male baby manatee was rescued from the Ortoire River, Trinidad on 11th July, 2013. The manatee is 40 inches in length and weighs approximately 14 kg. The rescue was joint effort by the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago Inc, Manatee Conservation Trust and Forestry Division.

EMERGENCY CLEAN UP of the manatee habitat

For the first time in 30 years, the pristine manatee habitat at Manzanilla was invaded with man- made garbage and debris, prompting the Manatee Conservation Trust to mobilise an emergency clean-up this previous week. Along with its members, other stakeholders including farmers, workers from the Forestry Division and members of the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago descended into the manatee area to remove several bags of plastics, bottles, and an assortment of waste items generated from surrounding communities.

Baby turtles crawl to doom

During the last couple of weeks, there have been numerous early morning reports of dead turtle hatchlings strewn across the road along Manzanilla Beach.

One of the main causes of these occurrences is the “Street Lighting” Project where streetlights have been placed along the Manzanilla stretch. As the turtles hatch, they become disoriented by the lights of the bright streetlights and instintively start their journey towards the roadway.

Click Here to Read the Full Story which appeared in the Newsday on Sunday August 19th, 2012

Tears of the turtles

Responding to the horrific event played out earlier this week at the most prolific nesting habitat for the critical endangered leatherback turtles where thousands of eggs and hatchlings were destroyed at what should have been a safe haven, a team comprising Gupte Lutchmedial, Nirmal Biptah, Lisa Ramkissoon-Maharaj and Richard Joseph from the Zoological Society of Trinidad and the Manatee Conservation Trust (MCT), involved in turtle protection at Manzanilla, visited the site to see first-hand what took place.

Click Here to Read the Full Story which appeared in the Newsday on Wednesday July 11th, 2012.
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