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Headquartered in Itamaracá, on the coast of Pernambuco, the Center for Aquatic Mammals (CMA) - an agency under the Ministry of the Environment - has become a national and international reference in research, conservation and management of the Antillean manatee. The species is considered to be in a position to "critically endangered", according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The CMA participates in the rescue of stranded animals and develops databases, used in Brazil and other countries, about research and conservation projects and management. Once rehabilitated, aquatic mammals are returned to the wild and monitored for about a year. Of the 89 rescued by the CMA, 36 returned to natural habitat and 25 remain in Itamaracá. The success rate in rehabilitating manatees is 73%.

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