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Zoo Baby Bios

Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

Florida Manatee
Photo of the baby Florida Manatee. Photo of the baby Florida Manatee.

"Jobin" arrived at the Zoo on July 7, 2013 as a small newborn from the Myakka River near Sarasota, where he was found alone and malnourished weighing only 55 pounds. He is one of the youngest and smallest orphan calves to be cared for by the Zoo’s manatee rehab team. He is currently receiving bottle feedings by hospital staff and can sometimes be viewable swimming and socializing with older manatees in the large pools. Jobin will require 2-3 years of care at the Zoo before he can be released back into Florida waters.

Today, Jobin weighs more than 130 pounds (gaining about a pound a day)! He takes five bottles a day from manatee care staff and has started eating produce. He enjoys the company of other manatees and is on track for reintroduction into Florida waters in 2015.