World Oceans Day 2016: Time is running out for our coral reefs

The ocean regulates climate, feeds millions of people, produces most of the oxygen we breathe, is home to an incredible array of species and provides us with cures for diseases. However, due to many threats facing the ocean, such as climate change, time is running out for marine ecosystems such as coral reefs.


Five protected brindle bass siblings welcomed

Recent arrivals at uShaka Sea World already have the animal care specialists wrapped around their little fins! Not only are they on the IUCN’s specially protected list, they are also beautiful, playful, inquisitive – and identical!


Be mindful of the plight of turtles on International Turtle Day

  • 23 May 2016 | Ann Kunz

International Turtle Day is celebrated throughout the world on 23 May each year in a variety of ways to bring attention to the plight of turtles. All of the five species of turtles found in South African waters are on the endangered species list and threatened by human impact.


Clearing up the beaches after the rains is a thankless job

  • 11 May 2016 | Kathy Drummond, co-ordinator Education Support Services | Category: Conservation

Rain! It brings relief, gives life, freshness, a clean slate. It is rightfully celebrated when it falls gently, but perturbing if too much falls since heavy rains bring consequences. One of these is debris, mainly plastic, washed down rivers and storm-water drains into the ocean and finally on the beaches.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Bony fish

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Meet our dolphins

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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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Eco House opens in February

The Eco House in the aquarium will show you how…