Conservation

Climate change, corals and concerned scientists

In June 2016 two Oceanographic Research Institute scientists – Dr David Pearton and Dr Sean Porter – attended the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) held at the Waikiki Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

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uShaka Sea World’s Gabrielle Harris is PAAZA Animal Keeper of the Year 2016

Gabby is the epitome of an excellent animal keeper. She is passionate about her animals and has dedicated her life to their care and display. Her passion for animals is equalled by her passion for conservation communication, a goal she works towards daily through presentations at uShaka Sea World.

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Cleaning up our beaches on World Oceans Day

uShaka Marine World staff joined millions around the world in celebrating World Oceans Day on 8 June 2016 by spending time on the beach picking up the many tiny, hard-to-find bits of debris that end up in the sea.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Bony fish

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

Meet our dolphins

Gambit is believed to be the largest bottlenose dolphin in…

Gambit the dolphin – a living legend at 41

A special birthday is being celebrated today at uShaka Sea…

Sardines

Sardines are small silver fish that are also known as…

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

Penguins are our business. We all need healthy oceans to…

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…