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Posters are ready to go!

Manatee informational posters in French that I created with Aimee Sanders, a graphic design and outreach speacialist working in Gabon, are now printed and ready to be distributed! These posters were created with funding from my USFWS Wildlife Without Borders grant for training and outreach work to help conserve West African manatees. I’m really happy with the way they turned out!
The main caption reads (for those of you who don’t speak French): West African Manatees are rare…they need your help to survive! Text boxes on the left side explain that manatees reproduce slowly so hunting increases their risk of extinction, that they need clean water and healthy habitats to survive so please keep waterways clean, and to please tell your friends and family not to hunt manatees or buy or eat manatee meat. The range map on the right side says that manatees are found in rivers, mangroves, lakes and coastal waters of central and west Africa.

Unfortunately since it’s extremely difficult to get good photos of wild manatees in their natural habitat (believe me, I’ve been trying for 3 years!), I had to use photos of Florida manatees, but the species look quite similar and I was careful to use photos of animals in darker water similar to African habitat (although clearer).
Most people have never seen a live manatee and because they are hard to observe, people see them as shrouded in mystery and/or are even afraid of them, so the idea is to give some general information about them, to show some photos to hopefully remove some of the mystery and to raise awareness that they need protection. This poster was purposely designed to be very general because it targets a wide range of audiences, from school children to national park staff, tourists, teachers, resource managers and the general public. It was also designed to be used in multiple Francophone countries to help spread the awareness message as widely as possible. I’ll start giving them out in Gabon and Senegal, and I hope to get them to colleagues working in other countries as well.
  • Ariel

    April 17, 2009 at 1:05 am Reply

    Great poster Lucy, congratulations on another completed field season and your continued success getting funding. Hope all is well for you back in FL and best of luck with your work here and your next round of sampling in Gabon/West Africa.

  • Akknumi

    April 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm Reply

    My name is Lukasz Lukomski. I am a biologist and a Wikipedia contributor from Poland. I recently wrote an article on african manatee. It’s available here:
    I am trying to get a Featured Article status, which is granted to best articles on Wikipedia. My main problem is small number of photos available. Would you be able to contribute a small number of photos? Because of Wikipedia licencing policy images have to be released on one of free licences – I can give you examples of those. Would you be able to do it? Thank you.

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