Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab!
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Welcome! The Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) is an academic institution established by the only manatee researcher in Japan with the support of her colleagues. Manatees are large aquatic mammals whose ecology is filled with mystery. Because they live in shallow waters and are close to humans, they are impacted by poaching and environmental pollution and are on the verge of extinction.
Through our research efforts, we aim to better understand the ecology of manatees and make them known to as many people as possible. Additionally, we hope to bring our knowledge and experience to develop and implement environmental education programs that teach others to know, think, talk, and take action.
What We Do
Behavioral Research in Reintroduction of Captive-Raised Amazonian Manatees
In the Amazon region of Brazil and Peru, there is a project to return the protected Amazonian manatees to the wild by releasing them back into the river. Dr. Mumi Kikuchi, a member of the Wildlife Research Center at Kyoto University, is participating in the project to return manatees to the wild and research their behavior after release.
Manatee Protection Efforts
We are working with the African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO) in Cameroon to protect African manatees by taking measures to prevent the bycatch of manatees, providing environmental education to schools and local communities, and eradicating the invasive plant Salvinia Moleasta, which thrives in the manatee habitat.
The first step in solving various environmental problems is to know. We aim to provide environmental education that inspires people to know, think, talk, and take action.
Who We Are
Representative Director/Elementary School Teacher
Educational Material Supervisor/ Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Director/Ph.D. (Agriculture)/Researcher at Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
Director/Ph.D. (Information Science)/Associate Professor at Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University
Public Relations Support/Hitoshizuku Co., Ltd. Representative
Free Manatee Activity Downloads
Free manatee and environmental education materials for children and families.
What kind of Animal is the African Manatee?
Manatees living in African lakes are often disliked by fishermen because they get tangled in their nets and can break them. In this comic, we'll learn about how Manatees are being protected in Cameroon and discuss the coexistence of humans and endangered animals.
Discover Your Own Creature
Let's learn about biodiversity! Find a place you like, such as your home or a park, then imagine what kind of creature might live there. What does the creature eat? Does it have an enemy? How does it survive? Bring your imagination to life with this activity.
Cut and Glue the Manatees Puzzle
What kind of shape is a water-dwelling Manatee?
Cut and Glue African Manatees/Sperm Whale/Loggerhead Turtle Craft
The African Manatee, Sperm Whale, and Loggerhead Turle are facing a challenge. You can help them by improving their environment. Cut and glue the illustrations to help the animals!
Supervision: Aoki Kagari (PhD.), Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo, Tomoko Narazaki (PhD.), Meijo University, Mumi Kikuchi (PhD.), JAMES / Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
The Domino Effect - The Importance of Biodiversity
What are the impacts of the loss of biodiversity? What can be done to protect biodiversity? Learn about this topic with easy-to-understand illustrations.
Supervision: Shiro Kohshima, Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Get In Touch
Please contact us here with any questions about our work or our educational materials.
The Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (General Incorporated Association) is seeking financial support from companies, organizations, and individuals who agree with our mission and want to contribute to the work we are doing. Donations received will be used for the following efforts:
Manatee protection project
Environmental education material development and implementation
Research and study of endangered species