"Reep and Bonde, each with more than 20 years of experience researching the manatee, have produced an introduction to these secretive animals for the general reader. Covering all aspects of manatee biology, they delve into both the scientific literature and the anecdotes of fellow manatee researchers to create an entertaining and comprehensive primer on manatee biology. ?. . . Highly recommended."--Booklist
Much of what we know about manatee biology and behavior has been learned in the years after they were first declared an endangered species in 1967. Roger Reep and Robert Bonde have been at the forefront of manatee research for more than two decades. The Florida Manatee offers an engaging, accessible introduction to everything manatee, including communication, diet, long-distance migration, and much more.
Publication of the hardcover edition birthed a slew of national newspaper stories on manatee intelligence appearing in publications ranging from the New York Times to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as well as dailies throughout Florida. The Florida Manatee is perfect for anyone seeking the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on this fascinating marine mammal.
Roger L. Reep is a neuroscientist and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. He was lead organizer for the First International Manatee and Dugong Research Conference. Robert K. Bonde is a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Sirenia Project.
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"This concise, impressive book is the best available on the Florida manatee and is a must-buy for libraries in manatee habitats and highly recommended elsewhere."
"A good reference for anyone interested in learning more about manatees or teaching conservation courses."
"An insider's look into how science and research has progressed to help people understand and protect one of Florida's most famous mammals…. A valuable source of information promoting conservation and research initiatives to a wide audience."
"A must read."
--The News-Press (Lehigh Acres)
Having played central roles in many of the research efforts involving the manatee, the authors try to humanize the sometimes difficult-to-grasp characteristics of manatee biology, their relation to the environment, and the biopolitics that result from the intersection of science and wildlife management.
--Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and the Environment
...this small volume deserves thoughtful reading…
--The Quarterly Review of Biology
Associated Press…explores the curiosities of manatee physiology…
--St. Petersburg Times
The discussion of manatee brains and behavior is fascinating and detailed…