Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab!

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Welcome to the Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES)
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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.

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ACTIVITIES

What We Do

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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.

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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.

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Environmental Education

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.

We develop and distribute educational materials and hold workshops. All of our educational materials and resources can be used within the scope of personal use. The use of the information on our website is subject to the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

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TEAM

Who We Are

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Tomita Akihiro

Tomita Akihiro

Representative Director/Elementary School Teacher

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Shota Tanaka

Shota Tanaka

Director/Company Employee

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Shiro Kohshima

Shiro Kohshima

Educational Material Supervisor/ Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Mumi Kikuchi

Mumi Kikuchi

Director/Ph.D. (Agriculture)/Researcher at Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Arisa Torisu

Arisa Torisu

Auditor/Company Employee

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Kotaro Ichikawa

Kotaro Ichikawa

Director/Ph.D. (Information Science)/Associate Professor at Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Hiroshi Kokubo

 Hiroshi Kokubo

Public Relations Support/Hitoshizuku Co., Ltd. Representative

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RESOURCES

Free Manatee Activity Downloads

Free manatee and environmental education materials for children and families.

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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.

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Resources What Kind of Animal is the African Manatee?
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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.

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Resources Discover Your Own Creature

Cut and Glue the Manatees Puzzle

What kind of shape is a water-dwelling Manatee?

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Resources Cut and Glue the Manatees Puzzle
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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!

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Resources Cut and Glue African Manatees/Sperm Whale/Loggerhead Turtle Craft

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

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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.

Japan Manatee Education and Study Lab (JAMES) Resources The Domino Effect The Importance of Biodiversity

Supervision: Shiro Kohshima, Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University

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CONTACT

Get In Touch

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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

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Thank you for your message!

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