Working together to save the African penguin

According to the 2010 IUCN Red Data List, the African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is heading for extinction. African penguin numbers in the wild have declined by up to 90% over the last 100 years. The 2012 census done in South Africa indicates that we lost over 1 500 pairs in a year, while the latest research indicates that there are fewer than 25 000 breeding pairs of penguins left in the wild. It is these facts that led to the species being declared endangered.

Sea World has housed African penguins since 1980, when the first stranded birds were received. Since then the colony has grown from strength to strength and hundreds of penguins have hatched successfully. In October 2013, after extensive work and many meetings, the African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) was published.


Selso is back again – in PE

After 10 months at sea, Selso the elephant seal has returned to South Africa after an adventurous trip to Antarctica and is currently resting at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth under the watchful eyes of Greg Hofmeyer and the Bayworld team.


Scientists and conservationists hold annual symposium in Howick

From 3 to 7 November, scientists and conservationists from around South Africa, and some of their international counterparts, gathered in Howick for the annual Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice, hosted by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and other organisations.


Protected African rock python in quarantine at uShaka Sea World

Earlier this week an adult female African rock python was brought to the quarantine centre at uShaka Sea World by KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife staff members who removed her from a man-vs-animal conflict situation.

Many South Africans are fearful of pythons, especially large adult ones, and many of these snakes are killed even though they are not poisonous.

African rock pythons are protected in South Africa as their numbers have decreased due to, among other factors, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.


Celebrating the weird and scary at Halloween

While most of the country celebrates Halloween tonight, at SAAMBR we take October as the month to celebrate some of our scariest and weirdest creatures. Not the big scary ones, but the little creatures that most of us will never see – the creatures that live in the sand and mud off our coast – tiny, but critical indicators of the health of our coastal ecosystems.


New exhibit raises public awareness about endangered seahorses

Tucked into an alcove around the corner from the Snorkel Lagoon, uShaka Sea World’s new seahorse exhibit – home of a group of Knysna seahorses, yellow seahorses, lined seahorses and pipefish – is attracting great public interest.


Marine knowledge is reflected in Annual Marine Day Competition entries

  • 27 October 2014 | Ann Kunz | Category: Education

This year our outreach programme incorporated the three Rs into all marine lessons given at primary schools, so this year’s theme for the Marine Day Competition was “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”.


Finding hope – share SAAMBR's conservation journey

The latest Living Planet Report produced by WWF International in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, the Water Footprint Network and the Global Footprint Network, makes for sobering reading.

The number of wild mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on our planet has fallen by half over the past 40 years. This means that the state of the world’s biodiversity is worse than ever, and there is simply less space for wild animals to live as habitat loss and degradation continue.


uShaka Sea World focuses on seafood sustainability during National Marine Week

  • 16 October 2014 | Saambr

The second week of October – National Marine Week – is an annual highlight on the uShaka calendar. During the week there’s a concerted effort on creating awareness about marine and coastal environments to promote sustainable use and conservation of our precious resources today, and for future generations.


Fisherman's unusual catch makes a valuable contribution to marine science

A Saturday morning fishing expedition for a Durban man ended in a scramble for marine scientists and a valuable contribution to research data.


Bony fish

There is a great diversity of bony fish species. Some…

Meet our dolphins

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Gambit the dolphin – a living legend at 41

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Mazda Wildlife Fund supports ORI Coral Reef Research

The Mazda Wildlife Fund has supported the Oceanographic Research Institute’s…

uShaka Sea World is celebrating African Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday 8th October 2011

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Why care about the oceans?

Not many people realise that carbon emissions are harming the…

Eco House opens in February

The Eco House in the aquarium will show you how…