A 27 year journey comes full circle â€“ a journey of healing for Rita, and the arduous parallel journey of saving the manatee population in Florida. They are the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership - a community of dedicated individuals who have devoted their careers to the preservation of manatees. Learning from the manatees themselves, together they crafted a system of extraordinary cooperation across agencies. Present in the crowd are researchers from the USGS Sirenia Project, biologists from the Florida Wildlife Commission, Blue Spring wildlife managers, the Seaworld Rescue Team, veterinarians, members of Save the Manatee, Sea to Shore wildlife trackers, environmental educators and the people who have cared for Rita everyday of those 27 years.moreless
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