Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 12 - 2021
Trends of the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) Rehabilitation Outcomes 1991 - 2017

Ray L Ball1*, Markku Malmi2 and Janice Zgibor2

1ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Tampa, FL, USA
2University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, USA
*Corresponding Author: Ray L Ball, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Animal Studies, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Received: October 18, 2021; Published: November 26, 2021


A review of medical records from 401 West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) presented for rehabilitation from August 1991 through October 2017 was conducted. Outcome data shows an improvement in survivability with the release rate approaching 70% and a significant decrease in hospitalization time from over 250 days to approximate 150 days for all causes of admissions during the last seven years of this review. These improvements in care occurred despite rising rates of admissions into rehabilitation, especially for high-risk patients suffering from watercraft collisions. Causes for this improvement can be complex to derive in a rehabilitation setting but advances in medical management may have a positive effect on rehabilitating Florida manatees in a shorter period.

Keywords: Florida Manatee; Trichechus manatus latirostris; Wildlife Rehabilitation; Mortality


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Citation: Ray L Ball., et al. “Trends of the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) Rehabilitation Outcomes 1991 - 2017”. EC Veterinary Science 6.12 (2021): 52-61.

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