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Celebrating Snake Awareness Day

This year our Dangerous Creatures and uShaka Sea World Education teams celebrated #SnakeAwarenessDay with an open event in the uShaka Village Walk. We featured animals with well-known reputations in order to show visitors that snakes are beautiful, special and an essential part of our ecosystem. Our team interacted with over 2000 guests, talking about when and why snakes come into contact with people, and what to do if you come across a snake. We introduced people to our brown house snakes and ball pythons. Many were initially sceptical but eventually over 600 people met a snake and realised that they are not slimy or cold, and that they are truly wonderful animals. We showed off amazing snake photographs and had many common Durban snakes, such as a night adder, spotted bush snake and red-lipped herald on display for visitors to see up close. We also shared snake catcher contact details to inform people of who to call if they find a snake in their home.

Our team was inspired by the many visitors who made promises to care for snakes and not to kill them. Many people overcame their fear of snakes by getting close to them or even touching them. These are the first steps in making people aware of the fact that snakes are not out to hurt humans and that we can live in harmony with them.
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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosts the Annual Green Campus Conference. The Green Campus Initiative (GCI) hosts over 300 student delegates from universities across South Africa. This year’s theme was “Land and Marine Pollution”.

The delegates visited uShaka Sea World and were given insight into the effects of litter and micro-plastics on marine life. They then participated in a clean-up of uShaka Beach. Some delegates had never visited the sea or beach before! Sorting and counting litter items led to questions of origin. The connection between their daily lives and what litter they found on the beach was made.

The clean-up was done using the “Dirty Dozen” citizen science method. Data collected by the “Dirty Dozen method” contribute to important scientific research. The Dirty Dozen are the 12 litter items most commonly found on our beaches.
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