Thursday, 17 October 2019

Members the Amazonian Aquatic Mammals project, partners of INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research), take measurements of an Amazonian manatee before its release in the Piagacu-Purus reserve, in Anori, Amazonas state, Brazil March 23, 2019. Twelve manatees began new lives in the wilds of the Amazon over the weekend when they were released into a Brazilian nature reserve. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Researchers and assistants from the Amazonian Aquatic Mammals Project, partners of INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research) remove Amazonian manatees from a lake on the bank of the Solimoes river, before they are reintroduced in the nature, in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil March 22, 2019. They weighed some 120 kilograms on average and were about two metres long. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Biologist Diogo de Souza from the Amazonian Aquatic Mammals project, partners of INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research), weighs an Amazonian manatee before its release in the Piagacu-Purus reserve, in Anori, Amazonas state, Brazil March 23, 2019. Researcher Vera da Silva explained that the manatee is at risk of extinction in the Amazon and that the conservation program is essential to the species survival. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Researchers and assistants from the Amazonian Aquatic Mammals project, partners of INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research), put an Amazonian manatee in a boat before releasing it in the Piagacu-Purus reserve, in Manacapuru, Amazonas state, Brazil March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

A child touches an Amazonian manatee in a boat, before members of the Amazonian Aquatic Mammals project, partners of INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research), release manatees in the nature in Anori, Amazonas state, Brazil March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Members of the Amazonian Aquatic Mammals project, partners of INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research), release an Amazonian manatee on Trapinho lake at the Piagacu-Purus reserve in Anori, Amazonas state, Brazil March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly