In the framework of the 27th anniversary of the Manatee Sanctuary, which is commemorated this October 24, the Government of Quintana Roo announced the upcoming release of Pompeyo, a manatee that was rescued in 2021, when it was just a calf.
OTHÓN P. BLANCO, Quintana Roo, (October 24, 2023).- On Friday, November 3, the now adult will be returned to its natural habitat. This event can be followed on the Facebook account of the Institute of Biodiversity and Natural Protected Areas of Quintana Roo (Ibanqroo).
In this way, Pompeyo joins the estimated 350 manatees that live in the coasts of Quintana Roo; three times the number registered in the 90s.
Since 1996, the south of Quintana Roo has a protected area for the conservation of the species, which extends from the bay of Chetumal to Corozal, Belize.
Thus, the Manatee Sanctuary emerges as an alternative to preserve the manatees, which were previously hunted to eat their meat, and now face the possibility of being killed by fishing boats, pollution and global warming.