uShaka Sea World achieves third PAAZA accreditation

  • 19 December 2016 | Judy Mann, SAAMBR conservation strategist | Category: uShaka news

After six months of hard work the uShaka Sea World team is celebrating their Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA) accreditation. This is the third time that uShaka Sea World has been accredited by PAAZA, which is an internationally recognised organisation and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. PAAZA accreditation is the highest possible recognition that a living animal institution can achieve in Africa and not all institutions that apply for accreditation receive it. uShaka Sea World remains the only PAAZA-accredited aquarium in Africa.

From left: John Werth, Executive Director of PAAZA,  Jane Dlamini, SAAMBR PR and Dr Larry Oellermann, CEO of SAAMBR with Dee the penguin. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

 

The accreditation status 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. Prior to the award being made, a comprehensive audit was carried out by a team of professionals including animal care specialists, veterinarians and aquarium specialists.

Said John Werth, Executive Director of PAAZA and the lead inspector, "It needs to be said that uShaka Sea World is a world-class facility with an exceptionally high standard in terms of animal welfare, operation and strategic delivery of both conservation and education objectives, as well as being a public amenity."

Dr Larry Oellermann, CEO of SAAMBR, the NGO that operates uShaka Sea World, expressed his pleasure at the accreditation. "Inspection by peers is always a difficult process. The uShaka Sea World team, together with the support of the uShaka Marine World team, was prepared and the inspectors were very impressed by their commitment to animal care and their hard work. This accreditation is a tribute to our staff and their commitment to marine conservation.”

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