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Proposed new and expanded Marine Protected Area network for South Africa

As part of the Office of the President’s Operation Phakisa initiative, South Africa has committed to expanding its Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to 5% of our Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) by 2017.

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Rare bird released by uShaka Sea World following rehabilitation

Earth Day is celebrated throughout the world on 22 April. uShaka celebrated a day earlier than the rest of the world, when our vet, Dr Francois Lampen released a rare visitor to South Africa back to the ocean.

A fledgling tropical shearwater was released 15 nautical miles off Durban following a period of rehabilitation and treatment. The shearwater was found on North Beach by local resident Peter Sinclair who took it to ornithologist Dr Allen for identification.

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uShaka Sea World celebrates International Dolphin Day

uShaka Sea World’s legendary dolphin, Gambit and his family inspire and empower people to care for the oceans and the environment. Although he does this every day, on International Dolphin Day he received welcome attention from the media who carried his inspirational message beyond the borders of uShaka Marine World to the wider South African public.

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Saving the African Penguin needs teamwork – SAAMBR’s participation in the African Penguin Biodiversity Management Plan

SAAMBR has been a critical role-player in penguin conservation in South Africa for many years. SAAMBR is also the hosting facility for the African penguin studbook, a complex computerised record of all of the birds in zoos and aquariums around South Africa.

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Penguin Promises – changing visitor behaviour one promise at a time

A few years ago we had a dream – a dream that our visitors would really commit to changing their environmental behaviour at home, as a result of their visit to uShaka Sea World. And so the Penguin Promises environmental behaviour campaign was “hatched”.

It was designed to encourage visitors to uShaka Sea World in Durban, South Africa, to take positive post-visit action to help environmental conservation. The campaign was founded on sound principles for effective environmental education and focusses attention on the plight of the African penguin.

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uShaka Sea World staff take up the Penguin Waddle Challenge once again

uShaka Sea World staff members, Leandra Paverd, Presha Soogrim, Colette Bodenstaff, Gabby Harris and Lesley Labuschagne have taken up the Penguin Waddle 2016 challenge from Gansbaai to Simon’s Town, all in honour of the endangered, endemic African penguin.

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Cape anchovies introduced to uShaka Sea World aquarium

  • 21 March 2016 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

During February uShaka staff noticed shoals of Cape anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in the shallows at uShaka Beach which presented a unique opportunity to collect and display these slender shoaling fish.

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Leaping for the love of frogs at uShaka this weekend

  • 23 February 2016 | Ann Kunz

uShaka Marine World is celebrating leap year with a hop and a twist in the uShaka Village Walk from 27 to 29 February 2016. Although there are no promises of princes waiting in the wings for the kiss of true love, there will be plenty of frogs waiting for you to love them.

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Chino the penguin – uShaka Sea World's extreme survivor

  • 16 February 2016 | Ann Kunz

Penguins are notoriously clumsy on land as they waddle along upright, with their flippers held away from their bodies. Chino, the latest penguin to join the residents at the uShaka Sea World’s African penguin colony, not only waddles, but waddles with a little limp.

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Important things you should know before going fishing

  • 09 February 2016 | Stuart Dunlop, assistant scientist, ORI | Category: Conservation

Our ocean resources need to be protected for future sustainability, which is why regulations guide who fishes in our oceans, rivers and lakes, what they may or may not catch, when permits are required, why bag limits are in place, and why open and closed seasons are enforced, among other guidelines. If you enjoy fishing, this article is an invaluable source of information.

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Eco House opens in February

The Eco House in the aquarium will show you how…