Bishop Museum of Science and Nature set to debut renovated manatee habitat in June

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 10:58 PM EDT
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BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature will soon upgrade its facility to give rehabilitated manatees a better chance at life than ever before.

The museum will be renovating the pool where the region’s mascot once lived to provide improved care to rehabilitating manatees.

Remi Gonzalez , the communication director for the museum, said redoing this exhibit will give manatees a better chance at life when they are released back into the wild since it will mimic their natural habit more than before.

“The new pool when we reopen in June, will have a lot more varied depths for the manatees to use,” said Gonzalez.

The renovation project is primarily being funded through a $400,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with some additional museum funds being used for items not covered by the grant.

“This is much more like what they are used to encountering in nature,” said Gonzalez. “when it comes to the amenities that our guests will enjoy it will appear that it will have a more naturalistic habitat.”

The museum started construction in March and is expected to open to the public in June.

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