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Every winter, manatees gather in enormous numbers in the crowded waterways of Florida. These gentle giants face daily danger from boat strikes — the leading cause of manatee deaths.

By the 1990s, only around 1,000 Florida manatees remained in the wild, but organizations like the ones below have brought the population back up to over 8,000 through their conservation efforts. Visit now for more information on how you can help keep this majestic species off the endangered list:

Florida Manatee Conservation Organizations:

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By BBC America