Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Science: Natural & Physical

Animal Conservation Series

Topical documentaries produced to help enlighten viewers about our planet's endangered animals and conservation efforts to aid in their continued existence. A portion of all net proceeds is donated to assist non-profit organizations. Series: 16 programs (30 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Manatees: Cry of the Sirens

Manatees: Cry of the Sirens

"Highly Recommended. This well produced program offers an important look at the ever-shrinking world of the manatee." -National Media Review
Associated Article: Fury Over a Gentle Giant -Smithsonian Magazine
West Indian Manatees in the coastal waters and wetlands of South Florida endure a daily struggle for survival against human intrusion and natural disasters. This program documents the plight of these beloved creatures, the folklore mermaid or "siren," which is often seen as a symbol for other endangered animal species. Here viewers learn about the complexities involved in trying to protect any animal species, to include problems in population measurement, animal rehabilitation, and gene pool diversity, as well as the larger issues of ecosystem management and human ecology. The program includes interviews with several marine scientists, as well as visits to manatee habitats, rehabilitation centers, and sanctuaries; it concludes with the harsh reality that humans have caused the demise of the manatee, and humans can decide the manatee's fate. It calls for humans to recognize their "awesome responsibilities as stewards of the earth and its creatures" and to respond intelligently and compassionately to the "cry of the sirens." Produced by the Univ. of Miami School of Communications. 00/10DE IJSCA 30 min.

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