African Region

African Region– Lucy Keith Diagne

In 2014, Lucy Keith Diagne, with input from the African regional group, updated the status of the African manatee, Trichechus senegalensis, for the IUCN Red List. This status reassessment was accepted by IUCN and published online in June 2015. Additional African manatee updates for the Red List were submitted at the end of July 2015.

Major donors for African manatee research and conservation include: USFWS Africa Program, Save Our Species, the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, Disney Conservation Fund, Zoological Society of London, IUCN Programme de Petites Initiatives, Conservation Leadership Programme, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Save Our Seas Foundation. We also acknowledge the USGS Sirenia Project for use of their conservation genetics laboratory for African manatee genetics research.