uShaka Sea World becomes Africa's only PAAZAB-accredited aquarium

uShaka Sea World's Jane Dlamini (Public Relations), Mbali Buthelezi (Education) and Msizi Magubane (Operations), with Stephanie Hayman of ORI

uShaka Sea World has been accorded the highest recognition that a living animal institution in Africa can achieve: an African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) accreditation plaque.

The accreditation, presented at the recent PAAZAB conference, is an acknowledgement of excellence in the fields of veterinary care, animal husbandry, record-keeping, exhibits, level of cleanliness, staff operations, operational procedures, health and safety, and ethics. uShaka Sea World is the only aquarium on the continent to be accredited by PAAZAB.

The uShaka Sea World team was delighted to receive the plaque following a comprehensive audit by a team of professionals, including scientists, conservationists and aquarium specialists.

SAAMBR CEO Judy Mann congratulated her team on being recognised for their dedication to the animals in their care, and for their commitment to marine conservation.

"The award demonstrates that our team is passionate about our animals and is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of animal care and presentation are integrated into our daily activities. The accreditation is a tribute to our staff and their commitment to marine conservation.”

PAAZAB is an internationally recognised organisation and member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Not all living animal institutions that apply for PAAZAB accreditation are guaranteed to receive it.

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