Conservation

Going beyond the call of duty for conservation

It’s a well-known fact that conservation is not a nine-to-five job, for the issues that drive us do not stop at the end of a working day.

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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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Penguins chill while sharing their conservation message

The busy festive season brought thousands of visitors to uShaka Sea World’s penguin rookery, allowing us to share our conservation message. With summer in full swing, the colony of 55 African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) spent time cooling off in its specially chilled pools at uShaka. Although penguins appear clumsy and comical on land, they become sleek underwater predators thanks to their superbly streamlined bodies.

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Moult season nears an end in the penguin colony

  • 17 December 2013 | Tracy Shaw, Mammal and Bird staff member | Category: Conservation, Species

Moult season is nearing an end (November to January), and most of our birds have replaced old, dull, worn feathers with sleek, brilliant, new ones.

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Dumpling and Digit – a penguin affair

Endangered African penguins Dumpling and Digit are spending their last weekend at uShaka Sea World ahead of a flight home to the cold waters of the Cape on 27 August 2013.

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An 80km drive to save a 2cm hermit crab

When Kaitlyn (8) and Christine (11) Heyns, of Hillcrest, were on holiday in Port Alfred during the July 2013 holidays, they picked up shells along the seashore and placed them in a plastic bag. A few days after returning home, Kaitlyn opened the plastic bag and discovered that one of the shells housed a 2cm hermit crab that was very much alive.

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A love affair with trees

  • 28 March 2013 | Margaret Hamilton | Category: Conservation

Having been brought up on a hillside in Ireland overlooking the ocean, my love affair with nature began when I was very young. As an adult while sailing the Atlantic and Pacific, I saw many things that horrified and distressed me, worst of all an abundance of pollution and the horrific effects of pollution on marine animals.

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Waddling for the love of penguins

I have been working at SAAMBR for more than 13 years in the public relations, education and administration departments, and yet 2013 will be my very first Penguin Waddle.

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Sindi shares her love of the sea in a special way

  • 01 March 2013 | Sindi Ngubane, marine educationist | Category: Conservation

After completing my matric, I studied human resources and worked in the corporate field for a few years. However, in my heart I yearned to work in the marine environment as I love fish and understand the importance of conserving the world as we know it.

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On Friday, October 12, 2012, a delivery of fresh kelp…

Giant bullfrog gets a finger snack

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On International Penguin Day last year I was listening to…

All in a day’s work for an uShaka Sea World diver

It’s incredible that a diver can burn up to 20…

Fathers and daughters share a special bond

I left home for work at about 6am this morning…