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SAAMBR’s ‘holistic’ approach to SASSI helps raise awareness

  • 19 October 2015 | Quathar Jacobs, guest blogger | Category: Education

The team at SAAMBR is actively involved in WWF SASSI, which it approaches “holistically”.

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Celebrating National Marine Week at uShaka Sea World – 12 to 18 October 2015

With National Marine Week being celebrated at uShaka Sea World from 12 to 18 October, the public are being encouraged to take a keen interest in caring for our oceans.

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SAAMBR does its bit for Rhino Day

  • 05 October 2015 | Varsha Naidu, visual interpretation coordinator | Category: Conservation

Rhino Day is celebrated in September in various ways across South Africa. SAAMBR celebrated this important conservation day by holding a staff cake sale on 29 September 2015.

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Aquarists assist with koi relocation at Mitchell Park Zoo

  • 13 July 2015 | Rob Kyle, aquarist | Category: Species

When I received a request from the curator of Mitchell Park Zoo for assistance in moving their koi fish from a large pond to a holding tank in an adjacent enclosure, I was confident we would be able to assist.

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SAAMBR hosts successful PAAZA conference

  • 15 June 2015 | Judy Mann, conservation strategist | Category: uShaka news

In May this year SAAMBR hosted the annual conference of the Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) at the Salt Rock Hotel in KwaZulu-Natal.

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Handfeeding rays is a truly memorable experience

  • 08 April 2015 | Christine Marot

I’m standing waist-deep in the clear waters of uShaka Sea World’s ray pool, gloves and booties on, a lump of fish in my hand, ready for feeding time.

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Scary pumpkin seeds and seals

  • 05 November 2014 | Jonathan Ellerbeck – animal behaviourist | Category: Education

In celebration of Halloween this year, the seal team decided to get in on the fun and thought it would be a good idea to share it with the seals.

Pumpkin does not form part of a seal’s diet so the exercise was more for fun and to pique the seals’ innate sense of curiosity.

Investigating is an important part of any enrichment programme as it allows animals to use their senses.

We took all the seeds and stringy parts out of the pumpkins before we began carving their scary Halloween faces.

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Nothing but the best for Timone the seal

  • 21 August 2014 | Colette Bodenstaff, assistant curator: mammals and birds | Category: Species

After spending two months fattening up at uShaka Sea World, Timone, a juvenile sub-Antarctic fur seal, was declared ready for release on 17 August 2014.

In preparation for release she was fitted with two plastic flipper tags (both numbered 0114) on her front flippers, as well as a satellite tag on her back.

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Selso the elephant seal makes his way home

  • 12 May 2014 | Ann Kunz

Selso the elephant seal has been making progress heading towards his home. Selso, who was rescued on 29 June 2013, is expected to make landfall to moult in November 2014.

He was released January 11, 2014 off the coast of Port Elizabeth, and the staff at uShaka Sea World has been able to closely monitor his progress thanks to a satellite tracker fitted to his head.

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Fourth annual Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week

  • 20 March 2014 | Gabby Harris

This year’s 120km Waddle for a Week journey, from Gansbaai to Simon’s Town, began on Sunday 9 March at the Great White House and Great White Shark holiday chalets. The waddle is an awareness campaign in support of the endangered African penguin.

I believe it is essential that all great journeys start with a hearty dinner, shared concepts and stories, a few moments of reminiscence and reflection, and a good night’s rest in a comfortable bed. Our journey thus had a great start.

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