Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Leila Nilipour

Leila Nilipour is a bilingual storyteller based in Panama City. 

Have Antillean Manatees Crossed the Panama Canal into the Pacific?

Over half a century ago, a group of manatees from Panama's Caribbean region of Bocas del Toro was flown into the Panama Canal to control the abundance of aquatic plants in its water reservoir and prevent the proliferation of disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Where are they now?