In a new approach to help end hunting of the Amazonian manatee, a research project is working with traditional hunting communities. This project aims at the rescue and release injured manatees back into the wild. While this will only affect a small number of animals directly, it may help to change attitudes towards them and effect a more profound change. Though no one knows for sure, there are only a few thousand manatees left in the Amazon basin. One individual at the rescue centre is weighed and measured to see if he’s big enough to be released – no mean feat with an animal this size and strength. He is ready and this marks a crucial step in the conservation of these beautiful beings.

2009 / 59 minutes / Tim Green

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