Steiff and National Geographic have partnered to present a collection of plush animals that illustrate the beauty and fragility of the environment — while reinforcing the need for immediate protection of endangered species as a means to preserve the planet. Giving a child our lifelike Caribbean Manatee is an important way to teach them about this important cause. Manatees are intelligent creatures who are threatened because of habitat loss, including the pollution or blockage of the natural warm spring water they need to survive in winter. Although their lifespan can reach 60 years, it is uncertain how long they’ll survive without support. A portion of the proceeds from our National Geographic Manatee goes toward the conservation efforts of this respected organization. Each beautifully detailed creature is handmade from superior quality materials by the toy industry’s most skilled artisans. It features the world famous “Button in Ear” trademark, symbol of highest quality. From the company that pioneered soft toys in 1880.