Dugongs are slow-moving and gentle, and the only vegetarian marine mammal.
Also known as the sea cow, the dugong belongs to a group of animals known as Sirenians because according to legend sailors used to mistake them as mermaids. Dugongs are perhaps Africa’s most endangered large mammal and a vulnerable target to hunting for meat, accidental capture in nets and destruction of their seagrass habitat. Born Free is taking action in Tanzania to protect them.
Part of the Marine Campaign