The Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, and Secretary of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), Einar Ramos López, announced their recent collaboration which supplied the Manatee Conservation Center (MCC) with decorative pieces in the shape of manatees. PRTC funded the materials used for the creation of the sculptures, made through the Business Program for Training and Profession.

“The participation of inmates demonstrates the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s daily efforts to promote healthy rehabilitation among our population. I’d like to thank the staff members who participated in this project that will benefit the Manatee Conservation Center and its visitors,” said Ramos López.

“The Manatee Conservation Center is another attraction for both international and local tourists,” stated Rivera Rocafort. “It is a pleasure to help with the conservation of manatees, as well as to contribute to social work through a partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.”

Endorsed by PRTC, the Manatee Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, rescue, rehabilitation and public education. The center receives visits from student groups, tourists and visitors who are interested in conservation efforts for manatees.

“These alliances support the conservation of manatees as endangered species,” said Dr. Antonio Mignucci, Director of the Manatee Conservation Center and Professor at Interamericana University. “The sculpted pieces made by inmates are a key part of our community outreach program, and for that we are extremely grateful to them.”  

Visits to the Manatee Conservation Center include a short orientation in the research and rehabilitation labs to see first-hand the work conducted at the center to help protect these endangered species. Led by technicians and volunteers, the tour includes educational materials on the conservation of manatees.

Reservations are highly encouraged for all visits to the center. Tours are approximately one hour and 30 minutes, and are available Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each visit requires a donation per person, educational visits are $6, individuals under the age of 14 are $12 and individuals above the age of 15 are $18.

For more information please visit www.manatipr.org, or contact 787-400-2782; 787-400-2782.