National Animal of Cape Verde

National Animal of Cape Verde

The manatee is the national animal of Cape Verde. They are generally solitary animals. Cape Verde’s National animal, Manatees are large, fully aquatic and mostly herbivorous marine mammals which are sometimes known as sea cows. As they are unique, gentle and slow movers, the manatee is considered as the national animal of Cape Verde.


Manatees can be found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, saltwater bays, canals, estuaries and coastal areas. They preferred seagrass beds or freshwater vegetation flourish. Manatees are born underwater. Mothers must help their calves to the surface so that they can take their first breath, but the infants can typically swim after an hour of birth. However, Manatees are the national animal symbol of Cape Verde.

Facts about the National Animal of Cape Verde (Manatee)

  • Common Name: Manatee, Sea Cows
  • Trinomen: Sirenia
  • Adopted in: 1974
  • Found in: Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina
  • Habitat: sea water.
  • Average length:8.4 ft.
  • Average Weight: 650 lbs
  • Average Lifespan: 12 years.
  • Average Speed: 19 mph
  • Current number: 6,620 manatees in February of 2017.

They have thick wrinkled skin regularly with crude hair, or “whiskers”. Manatees can be found in shallow freshwater. Warm water is a must for the West African and West Indian Manatee. They have a mass of 400 to 550 kilograms and weight of 1175 kg. They have a mean, length of 2.8-3 meters. They can swim up to 3 to 5 miles per hour. They can eat a tenth of its massive weight within just 1 hour. And the average lifespan of the manatee is 12 years.

In Short, the water giant Manatees are the perfect one to be the National Symbol of Cape Verde.