Species

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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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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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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Raggie relocates at uShaka Sea World

  • 16 May 2013 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

uShaka Sea World’s baby ragged-tooth shark (raggie) moved back into the Aquarium from quarantine this afternoon, after two months under the watchful eye of animal care staff.

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Kelp delivery earns seal of approval at uShaka Sea World

  • 18 October 2012 | Jonathan Ellerbeck | Category: Species

On Friday, October 12, 2012, a delivery of fresh kelp presented to our resident South African fur seals (Cape fur seals) was welcomed with flippers wide open.

For the past 10 years uShaka Sea World has been fortunate to receive a quarterly donation of fresh kelp from Kelpak, a Cape Town-based company, which the seals love. They enjoy chewing on the long stems, tugging on the leaves, swimming through and under it, entertaining their trainers in the process.

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Giant bullfrog gets a finger snack

The giant bullfrog is one of my favourite amphibians –…

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…

Kelp delivery earns seal of approval at uShaka Sea World

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

Giant bullfrog gets a finger snack

The giant bullfrog is one of my favourite amphibians –…

Penguin Promises promoted on air

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…