Coquí Charities is committed to Puerto Rico’s wild and sea life.
Dr. Tony Mignucci received us at the Manatee Conservation Center where we witnessed the incredible work they do and the result of years of effort and care for these manatees and other species in danger.
The Center is known for taking care of manatees, they receive different types of birds on a daily basis. From pelicans, falcones, owls, and querequequé, unfortunately they arrive at the center with health problems such as dehydration and hypoglycemia.
Currently, they host five manatees, four turtles, together with the birds mentioned above. The daily care for these animals is very strict and detailed, but you could see the respect and love they recieve. Since 2009 they have partnered with Interamericana University of Bayamón and the Caribbean Stranding Network, the place takes care of sea life and wildlife.
They count with veterinary clinic dedicated 100% to wildlife. Dr. Lesly J. Cabrias who is in charge of the clinic, talked about all the species that are under their care. The Manatee Conservation Center works as a research and rehabilitation center with a community component, where students as volunteers take with them an invaluable experience for their professional future.
Because of the COVID-19, they are not receiving visits, or volunteers. Together we can help them keep the center open, their work is vital for the wild and sea life of Puerto Rico.
Please support the Manatee Conservation Center, you can do it through ATH mobile, pay a business under CentroDeManaties, or PayPal http://manatipr.org/donativos/ or though our website www.coquicharities.org. We at Coquí Charities are very proud for supporting this center.
Thanks to Dr. Mignucci Dr. Cabrias and the volunteers for their kindness and show us all the great work they have been doing. Photography Hilda Muñoz Aponte