Juanita, the manatee, makes it to Ozama River

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The manatee Juanita arrived this Tuesday morning in the waters of the Ozama River, just behind the Dominican Republic Navy. Officials from the National Environmental Protection Service (SENPA) were on the scene. Dozens of people looked out to pet the manatee, which experts do not recommend, especially because they could dislodge its tracker. On June 27th of this year, three manatees Juanita, Pepe, and Lupita were released. This project, led by the Ministry of Environment, the National Aquarium, and Fundemar, marked a milestone in the conservation of the Antillean manatee, a critically endangered species. Juanita, which had remained most of the time in Rio Salado and on the coast near Bayahibe, had surprised trackers by undertaking a long trip in a westerly direction a little more than a week ago. […]