manatees http://wlrn.org en Manatees Might Lose Endangered Status http://wlrn.org/post/manatees-might-lose-endangered-status <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manatees have been an endangered species since 1967.&nbsp;But on Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made an announcement that this classification may soon be lowered&nbsp;to "threatened."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some environmentalists and government officials are opposed to this change. They say changing the label might result in more lenient&nbsp;rules about boat speed zones and dock-building limits.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:24:27 +0000 Selima Hussain 34898 at http://wlrn.org Manatees Might Lose Endangered Status Free Lolita? Feds Seek Public Comment On Miami's Captive Orca http://wlrn.org/post/free-lolita-feds-seek-public-comment-miamis-captive-orca <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, animal-rights activists have been trying to win freedom for the captive </span>orca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> known to Miami </span>Seaquarium<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> audiences as “Lolita.” &nbsp;A recent announcement by federal officials could be the first step.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:26:22 +0000 Christine DiMattei 27062 at http://wlrn.org Free Lolita? Feds Seek Public Comment On Miami's Captive Orca Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-most-famous-manatee-celebrates-65th-birthday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The oldest manatee ever to be held in captivity celebrated his&nbsp;</span>65th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday on Sunday.</span></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Daniel Rivero 17713 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Most Famous Manatee Celebrates 65th Birthday Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared http://wlrn.org/post/red-tide-claims-170-manatees-south-florida-population-should-be-spared <p>One of Florida's most beloved endangered species is facing a tough end to the winter. State wildlife officials have confirmed the deaths of more than 170 <a href="http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A007" target="_blank">manatees</a> in Southwest Florida as red tide impacts regional populations of the gentle water-dwelling mammals.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:01:34 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10926 at http://wlrn.org Red Tide Claims 170 Manatees, But South Florida Population Should Be Spared