For the Manatees

For: Save the Manatee Club
Organizer: [email protected]
For the Manatees (Save the Manatee Club)
$1,265
of $1,250 goal.
Raised by 37 donors
100% Complete

The Story


I love manatees.

The West Indian (Florida) Manatee was once plentiful around the coast of Florida, but now its survival as a species is in jeopardy. Humans are the gentle herbivores’ only enemy, with our fishing lines ensnaring them, our pollution poisoning them, our boats striking them and our living space encroaching upon theirs. Heather Sellickof the US Scuba Center wrote “the manatee is one of the most magnificent marine mammals...it is also the one that tugs at our heart strings and reminds us of the great damage humans have inflicted on the creatures with whom we share this planet.”

Manatees are awesomely large, perfectly gentle creatures. How could anything so wonderful be at risk of extinction?

Manatees are intelligent (“capable of understanding discrimination tasks, and show signs of complex associated learning and advanced long term memory.” [Gerstein, E. R. (1994). The manatee mind: Discrimination training for sensory perception testing of West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus). Marine Mammals 1: 10–21.] They demonstrate complex discrimination and task-learning similar to dolphins and pinnipeds in acoustic and visual studies. [Marine Mammal Medicine, 2001, Leslie Dierauf & Frances Gulland, CRC Press]. The manatee’s closest land relation is the elephant, not the cow, despite their being called sea cows in many parts of the world. They are thought to have evolved from four-legged land animals some 60 million years ago.

Think about it: Manatees have made it 60 million years on the Earth and now their survival is threatened.

I know that many of you share my concern and love for the manatee. That’s why, starting today and going to the end of the year, 25% of your purchase price on any items you select from my Etsy shop, or my web store, will go to the Save the Manatee Club. If you don’t see any vintage finery to suit you during these weeks, I encourage you to donate on this YouCaring page, where every cent you give will be channeled to SMC. My goal is to raise $650 [edit, now $1250!], and with your help I know this is possible.

For the Manatees,
Maggie/denisebrain

(painting by Anna Davies/Anna Davies Art)

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 31, 2015

Posted on December 31, 2015

Calling all manatee lovers! I thought we were on track to raise $1250 for Save the Manatee Club by the end of the month but we’ve hit some choppy waters.

So, until the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2015 (PST), not 25% but 50% of your purchase price from denisebrain shops will go to the cause! You may also donate directly through this page.

Please help me reach this goal for these incredible, lovable, intelligent, gentle—and sadly endangered—animals. And find yourself some great new vintage finery at the same time!

Posted on December 23, 2015

Posted on December 23, 2015

And it just keeps getting better! Thanks to generous donors and customers, my For the Manatees fundraiser has a new goal of $1250! 

If you haven't already, please consider making a donation (any size helps!) on this page or purchase that item from my denisebrainshops that you've been considering. Through the end of the month, 25% of your purchase price goes to Save the Manatee Club.

Posted on December 21, 2015

Posted on December 21, 2015

I am happy to report that with 10 days left in the month, you have helped me raise $929 for Save the Manatee Club! I have upped the goal from the original $650 all the way up to $1000 and I don’t see why that goal can’t be surpassed!
You really care about manatees, and it shows. 

The rest of December will be busy and I hope you have every reason to be away from your computers and phones and with those you love. So while still ‘plugged in’ how about taking a moment to donate a little to a great cause through a purchase of vintage fashions from my online stores (where 25% of your purchase price goes to the manatees) or making a direct donation on this YouCaring page set up for this purpose. If you don’t have the money but want to help, please just share this fundraiser.

Thank you so much to those who have already supported this effort! 

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