Join Snooty the manatee for his 63rd birthday party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the South Florida Museum. The annual event, held in the Museum’s outdoor Spanish Plaza, is free for all of Snooty’s friends and fans. Snooty is the world’s oldest manatee on record.
Snooty’s 63rd Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival will offer children’s games, art activities and free cookies and juice for children. Tickets for games will be available for purchase. Live animals and special presentations from local environmental and wildlife organizations will be featured at the celebration as well.
An annual birthday card contest open for all children in preschool through 6th grade during the 2010-2011 school year is now accepting entries. The contest entry deadline is 5 p.m. on July 11, 2011. For more details and to download the contest registration form, visit www.southfloridamuseum.org. A display of Snooty’s birthday cards submitted from the public will be showcased and prizes for the top cards in each age category will be awarded at noon during Snooty’s Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival.
Admission to the outdoor birthday party in the Spanish Plaza is free to the public. Reduced General Admission tickets to the Museum galleries, inside Aquarium exhibits and Planetarium shows are available for $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65 and over), $6 for children ages 4 – 12. Children ages 3 and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult. The reduced General Admission prices are valid for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
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About Snooty the ManateeBorn on July 21, 1948, at the old Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company, Snooty is the one of the first recorded births of a manatee in captivity. Originally known as “Baby Snoots,” the male manatee was brought to Bradenton as part of the 1949 Desoto Celebration. Since then, he has greeted more than one million visitors.Based on his recent 2011 annual exam, Snooty weighs 1275 pounds and measures 9 feet 8 inches. Manatees are herbivores with Snooty’s current diet including 70-80 lbs. of restaurant quality romaine lettuce each day as well as additional vitamins from cabbage, broccoli, and kale, with small amounts of carrot, sweet potato and apples. Snooty is a permanent resident of the South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium. He is known as the world’s oldest manatee on record and Manatee County’s most famous resident.
About the South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee AquariumThe South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. The facility includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to Snooty™ the manatee.
In addition to being Snooty’s permanent home, the Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility that accepts injured, sick or orphaned manatees from Florida's acute care manatee hospitals. The Parker Aquarium provides long-term rehabilitative care while the manatees gain strength and recover from their injuries and meet other requirements for release into the wild. Snooty’s current companions are Charlie, a young orphaned male who arrived at the facility on May 17 and Brandee, a juvenile female recovering from cold stress who has been at the Aquarium since August 9, 2010. Both animals are expected to remain at the Museum until early 2012. The facility has cared for 23 manatees as part of the rehabilitation program since joining the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership in 1998. The Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership is a coalition of organization dedicated to monitoring the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.
The South Florida Museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton. Current operating hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5 p.m. During the month of July, operating hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon - 5 p.m. Regular General Admission is $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (65 and over), $11.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, please call 941-746-4131 or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org.