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Animal welfare, conservation & urban wildlife monitoring

Conservation work

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is committed to carrying out conservation, animal welfare and research work for the good of our environment. Many of the Foundation’s projects continue the existing work of the Two Oceans Aquarium, and through growing partnerships, we’ve been able to extend the impact and significance of our work from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, to the greater South African coastline.

The Foundation’s flagship projects are the Turtle Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release programme, which gives hundreds of distressed endangered turtles a second chance at survival, and the Marine Wildlife Management Programme, a pioneering programme run in partnership with the V&A Waterfront to facilitate the wellbeing and coexistence of wildlife in daily contact with humans in an urban environment.

With incredible support from the Two Oceans Aquarium and an extensive network of organisations, partners, volunteers and donors, we have been able to successfully rehabilitate and release more than 600 endangered sea turtles.

Loggerhead hatchlings are our most common patients, but we have rehabilitated stranded and injured green, olive ridley, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is visited by many wild marine animals and we have played an integral role monitoring all marine wildlife in this area and responding to injured animals. From a variety of seabirds, to seals and sunfish, we are always on stand-by to assist as well as educate visitors and tenants.

We have been playing a very supportive function to the seal disentanglement programme in collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Deparmemtn of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, and have assisted more than 1000 entangled seals over the last decade.