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Capture & Release currently works on the documentary film project with an ambitious goal of rewilding Guadeloupe waters with manatees.

They all disappeared in the last century.


It's time to act ...

Manman-dlo, Ansanm an nou rènatiré planèt la - Creol
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Manman-dlo, Ansanm an nou rènatiré planèt la - Creol

MANMAN-DLO, a film to rewild the planet (English subtitles available) FR : Voici le teaser du film "MANMAN-DLO" qui mettra en image le potentiel incroyable de la Guadeloupe à pouvoir "renaturer" ses eaux avec des lamantins. Ils y ont disparu depuis 100 ans à cause du braconnage. Après plus de 10 ans d'études scientifiques, les résultats démontrent qu'une réimplantation est possible. Il s'agirait là d'une première mondiale si ce mammifère marin, qui a totalement disparu de son habitat, nage à nouveau dans ses eaux. L'expérience est déjà passé tout prêt du but, mais faute de soutien, le projet fût abandonné. De nouvelles perspectives sont encourageantes pour relancer ce projet pouvant faire de la Guadeloupe un model pour le reste du monde. Si notre projet vous parle, vous pouvez soutenir notre action via un don : https://www.leetchi.com/c/manatee-reintroduction-film Tous les fonds collectés serviront à soutenir la production du film documentaire MANMAN-DLO dans le but de relancer le projet de la réintroduction du lamantin en Guadeloupe. Si vous souhaitez nous aider d'une autre manière, aimez, commentez, partagez le teaser ou parlez de notre action à vos amis. Merci pour votre soutien ! Merci au @Parc zoologique de Paris pour leur soutien et leur accueil pour notre tournage auprès de Kaï, le lamantin qui était en Guadeloupe. Un film réalisé par @geoffreyblackproduction Mixage : Sweet home studio Réalisation, musique et voix off : Geoffrey Nicolas Chants et figuration : Dawchy, Nella Le tournage dans le zoo a été supervisé par des vétérinaires de la faune sauvage et a suivi les normes de bien-être des animaux sauvages. Aucun animal n'a été stressé ou blessé – leur bien-être est notre priorité. EN : Here it is – we are excited to present you the teaser of the film “MANMAN-DLO”, which will illustrate the incredible potential of Guadeloupe in "rewilding" its waters with manatees. They disappeared a 100 years ago because of poaching. After more than 10 years of scientific studies, the results show that reimplantation is possible. It would be a world-first if this marine mammal, which has completely disappeared from its habitat, swims again in its waters. The experience has already passed close to the goal, but due to lack of support, the project was abandoned. New perspectives are encouraging to relaunch this project, which could make Guadeloupe a model for conservation of other marine mammals worldwide. If our project appeals to you, you can support our action via donation: https://www.leetchi.com/c/manatee-reintroduction-film All the collected funds will support production of the documentary film with the aim of relaunching manatee reintroduction project in Guadeloupe. If you want to help us in other ways, you can like, comment and share the teaser or talk about our action to your friends. Thank you for your support! Many thanks to the Paris Zoological Park for their support and for inviting us to film Kaï, the captive manatee who was in Guadeloupe. 📽 A film & music Directored composed by Geoffrey Black Production : https://www.geoffreyblackproduction.com Mix : @sweethomestudio Créole voice over : Ada Dawchy Singers and extra cinema : Dawchy, Nella Filming in the zoo was supervised by wildlife veterinarians and followed the highest welfare standards. No animal was stressed or injured – animal’s wellbeing is our priority. https://www.captureandrelease.org #guadeloupe #creole #lamantin #manatee #wildlife #manateemonday #wildlifeconservation #rewilding #reintroduction .
Capture and release - Backstage - Episode 1
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Capture and release - Backstage - Episode 1

Rencontrez l’équipe de l’association Capture and Release dans ce backstage du teaser MANMAN-DLO, bientôt disponible en version Créole. Notre association est indépendante et porte le nouveau projet de réintroduction du Lamantin en Guadeloupe. Nous sommes pour l'heure une petite équipe de professionnels dans différents domaines. Ce qui nous relie ? L'espoir d'un avenir meilleur pour toute la flore et la faune sauvage et pour tous les humains de Notre Terre ; et la conviction que la réintroduction des Lamantins nous rapproche de cette idée. Nous croyons en ce nouveau projet qui a de réelles chances de réussite et pourrait apporter de nombreux avantages à la Guadeloupe, et aider cette espèce menacée en déclin. Vous souhaitez nous soutenir ? Vous pouvez faire un don ici: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/capture-and-release/formulaires/1 Restez connectés pour découvrir la version Créole de MANMAN-DLO ! Ansanm, an nou rènatiré planèt la ! Vidéo: Geoffrey Black Production Artiste voix off et chant : Dawchy, Ada Dawchy Chant : Nella Céleste Némorin Ingénieur du son : Stephane Herbouze Studio : Sweet home studio #guadeloupe #lamantin #biodiversité #rewildling #nature #animauxsauvages #nonprofit #nonprofitfundraising #reintroductionprogram #mammifèremarin Plus d'infos sur https://www.captureandrelease.org FB : https://www.facebook.com/Captureandrelease.org Insta : https://www.instagram.com/capture_images_release_species #guadeloupe #lamantin #biodiversité
Manman-dlo, Un film pour renaturer la planète - Version Française
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Manman-dlo, Un film pour renaturer la planète - Version Française

MANMAN-DLO, a film to rewild the planet (English subtitles available) FR : Voici le teaser du film "MANMAN-DLO" qui mettra en image le potentiel incroyable de la Guadeloupe à pouvoir "renaturer" ses eaux avec des lamantins. Ils y ont disparu depuis 100 ans à cause du braconnage. Après plus de 10 ans d'études scientifiques, les résultats démontrent qu'une réimplantation est possible. Il s'agirait là d'une première mondiale si ce mammifère marin, qui a totalement disparu de son habitat, nage à nouveau dans ses eaux. L'expérience est déjà passé tout prêt du but, mais faute de soutien, le projet fût abandonné. De nouvelles perspectives sont encourageantes pour relancer ce projet pouvant faire de la Guadeloupe un model pour le reste du monde. Si notre projet vous parle, vous pouvez soutenir notre action via un don : https://www.leetchi.com/c/manatee-reintroduction-film Tous les fonds collectés serviront à soutenir la production du film documentaire MANMAN-DLO dans le but de relancer le projet de la réintroduction du lamantin en Guadeloupe. Si vous souhaitez nous aider d'une autre manière, aimez, commentez, partagez le teaser ou parlez de notre action à vos amis. Merci pour votre soutien ! Merci au @Parc zoologique de Paris pour leur soutien et leur accueil pour notre tournage auprès de Kaï, le lamantin qui était en Guadeloupe. Un film réalisé par @geoffreyblackproduction Mixage : Sweet home studio Réalisation, musique et voix off : Geoffrey Nicolas Chants et figuration : Dawchy, Nella Le tournage dans le zoo a été supervisé par des vétérinaires de la faune sauvage et a suivi les normes de bien-être des animaux sauvages. Aucun animal n'a été stressé ou blessé – leur bien-être est notre priorité. EN : Here it is – we are excited to present you the teaser of the film “MANMAN-DLO”, which will illustrate the incredible potential of Guadeloupe in "rewilding" its waters with manatees. They disappeared a 100 years ago because of poaching. After more than 10 years of scientific studies, the results show that reimplantation is possible. It would be a world-first if this marine mammal, which has completely disappeared from its habitat, swims again in its waters. The experience has already passed close to the goal, but due to lack of support, the project was abandoned. New perspectives are encouraging to relaunch this project, which could make Guadeloupe a model for conservation of other marine mammals worldwide. If our project appeals to you, you can support our action via donation: https://www.leetchi.com/c/manatee-reintroduction-film All the collected funds will support production of the documentary film with the aim of relaunching manatee reintroduction project in Guadeloupe. If you want to help us in other ways, you can like, comment and share the teaser or talk about our action to your friends. Thank you for your support! Many thanks to the Paris Zoological Park for their support and for inviting us to film Kaï, the captive manatee who was in Guadeloupe. Directored by @geoffreyblackproduction Mix : @sweethomestudio Direction, musique and voice over : Geoffrey Nicolas Singers and extra cinema : Dawchy, Nella Filming in the zoo was supervised by wildlife veterinarians and followed the highest welfare standards. No animal was stressed or injured – animal’s wellbeing is our priority. https://www.captureandrelease.org #guadeloupe #nature #manatee #wildlife #manateemonday #wildlifeconservation #rewilding #reintroduction
"Manman-Dlo", a film to rewild the planet - English Version
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"Manman-Dlo", a film to rewild the planet - English Version

Manatees, also known as "sea cows”, are loved for their peaceful and curious character. These slow marine mammals live in coastal waters where they can feed on seagrass. However, the proximity to human populations has brought many risks to the survival of manatees. Boat collisions, pollution, and habitat degradation are making manatee populations become smaller and fragmented. In Guadeloupe, French island in the Lesser Antilles, manatees went extinct a century ago. In the past, they were hunted for food. Today, hectares of seagrass beds and Guadeloupe’s mangrove forests are missing a large herbivore like a manatee, who is key to healthy coastal ecosystems. But the hope is not yet gone. The well-preserved habitat in Guadeloupe was the subject of 10 years of studies by an international group of expert scientists. The feasibility analysis showed that manatees reintroduction in Guadeloupe is possible. If successful, it will be the first marine mammal reintroduction to the habitat from where it went extinct. It can become a model for the rest of the world. It can help save manatees’ populations in the wider Caribbean region thanks to the support for research and rehabilitation facilities that this project will bring. It can help re-establish the balance in the marine ecosystem in Guadeloupe and aid sustainable development on this island. The reintroduction project had so many benefits, that it received 6 million euros from the European LIFE program. Guadeloupe National Park, who led this project, invested in manatee care facilities, and trained a team of keepers and vets in manatee rescue centers in Florida and Brazil. Finally, in 2016, the first two manatees were brought to Guadeloupe. Being a pioneer, however, is not an easy task and it involves a process of constant learning and adapting. Unfortunately, the difficulties met by the project, the unstable political support it received, and especially internal conflicts in the leading organization harmed the project’s functioning and the people who worked for it. As a result, in 2018 the project was abandoned. As a non-profit association Capture and Release, we believe we can make a positive change. We are aware of the ecological potential that this reintroduction project represents in the world of increasing biodiversity and climate crisis. And we want to give it a second chance. We are producing a documentary film “Manman-dlo”, which means “manatee” in Creole, the local language in Guadeloupe. Our aim: raise awareness in Guadeloupe and initiate the restart of the manatees reintroduction project. In this video teaser, we invite you to learn about the project and to help us reach a larger audience and find the necessary support. The documentary film is planned to be released in 2024. And what in the meantime? Producing a film is costly and takes time. Therefore right now we are working on: - Fundraising for film production - Cooperating with Geoffrey Black Production audio-visual company on the progress of filming and post-production - Creating educative and communication content for our website and social media - Preparing workshops and meetings with local stakeholders in Guadeloupe - Building strong partnerships to successfully lead the reintroduction project in the future and to gain political support - Supporting the group of experts and implementing their recommendations for successful reintroduction This is a lot of work, and all members of Capture and Release are volunteers. The success of our mission depends on your support. If you would like to help, here are some tips: - Spread the message about our project and like, comment, and share our video teaser and subscribe to our YouTube channel - Join our social media and be up to date with the project news - Talk about our action to your friends and invite them to help us too - Fundraise for us! Email us for further information : rozniewska.natalia@gmail.com - Donate! https://www.helloasso.com/association... www.captureandrelease.org FB: https://www.facebook.com/Captureandre... Insta: https://www.instagram.com/capture_ima... We wish to thank Robert Eden from Chateau Maris for making a voice over for this English version (https://www.chateaumaris.com/) We also thank River Ventures for their support and help in filming free-ranging manatees in Crystal River, Florida (https://riverventures.com/) Thanks to the Parc Zoologique de Paris for their help to take the first manatee images that you see in this teaser. And thanks to you and all our supporters for believing in our mission and helping save manatees and coastal ecosystems. #manatee #documentary #rewilding #wildlifeconservation #guadeloupe #biodiversity Directed by Geoffrey Black Music by Geoffrey Black Voice over by Robert Eden Singers and extra cinema : Dawchy, Nella Mix & Mastering : Sweet home studio
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Legends about sirens are the only form of manatees that survived our times in Guadeloupe, French island in the Caribbean. Large, slow and found mainly in shallow waters, manatees were an easy catch for the hunters from colonization times. It is believed that Columbus said there were so many of them, that they could have been killed and eaten and would have never disappear.

But he was wrong. It’s been a century since the last manatee song turned into a long silence. The big Goyave River, once full of these gentle giants grazing on lush vegetation, is now empty. Only a few still remember, that Guadeloupe used to be a manatee home.

But does Guadeloupe remember? Do hectars of underwater grass remember that they used to feed the biggest herbivorous marine mammal on Earth? Are there still turtles old enough to remember the sunny days when they shared the grazing space with manatees? Is there mangrove forest that remember pregnant manatee females hiding in the darkness of murky water and tangled roots to give birth to her only calf?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science says yes.

 

Manatees went extinct, but Guadeloupe’s nature is a rare treasure that is still well preserved. So well, that years of studies showed that manatees reintroduction in Guadeloupe is possible.

 

This, is where a new story begin. It’s a story of your times, which one day you may tell to next generation kids.

Guadeloupe National Park have launched the first in the world reintroduction program of a marine mammal in a habitat from which it went completely extinct – reintroduction of manatees.

Being a pioneer, however, is not an easy task. The project met several difficulties common for innovative conservation projects of this kind, including finding suitable animals, obtaining support of local fisherman or the issues of international politics.

Years of hard work have nevertheless paid off and in 2016, two Antillean manatees were successfully transported from Singapore Zoo to specially designed facilities in Guadeloupe.

 

The historic moment turned into sadness and frustration when one of the animals, Junior, died suddenly.  The whole team, together with international group of manatee experts, have put all necessary efforts to find the cause of death. They learned that Junior suffered from subclinical kidney insufficiency that did not give clinical signs back in Singapore. It evolved quickly after transport to Guadeloupe, triggered by stress and environmental changes. Sadly, there was no cure for Junior. The discovery, however, intrigued scientists who tested other captive manatees for kidney function. What they discovered, is that many had already been on early stages of the same disease as Junior, probably due to a diet inappropriate to their metabolism. As a result, the findings helped to adapt feeding protocols and save many captive manatees.

New hope opened for Guadeloupe when Mexico proposed a donation of 6 manatees. The cooperation was advancing in a good direction but was too slow to let the second manatee, Kai, live alone. For his wellbeing, it was decided to send him to Paris Zoological Park where he joined other mates. It is him that you see in our teaser!

 

For Guadeloupe, having to say goodbye to their so long awaited manatees was a hard test. The political support waned, internal conflicts escalated and, as a result, the reintroduction project was paused in 2018. Nothing has happened since.

Conservation reintroductions face multiple challenges and require an important local support and continuous learning to succeed. But reintroductions offer also a unique opportunity to bring back key species to where they went extinct from. This, in turn, means that they will be able to fill again their ecological role and in such way impact the whole ecosystem. They can make nature flourish again, we just need to help them take the first step.

 

In “Capture and Release” we believe that this unique opportunity should get its chance. We are working on a production of a documentary film “MANMAN-DLO” ("Spirit of the Sea” which is a Creol name for a manatee). With our film we want to restart the reintroduction project by raising awareness in Guadeloupe and gaining support of local politicians and communities.

 

If our project correspond to your values and you would like to help us, please click here to find more about what you can do.

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MANATEE REINTRODUCTION IN GUADELOUPE

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