The Aquarium Foundation



The Two Oceans Aquarium, situated in Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront, has a 24-year history of inspiring people to care about our oceans. The Aquarium is a key player in raising environmental awareness through its high-quality exhibits, its conservation and education programmes, and its sustainability initiatives. It founded the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, a Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation, to promote and expand on the excellent educational, conservation and research initiatives.

The Foundation continues to grow its wide range of public benefit activities while increasing positive social and environmental impact through sharing information and inspiring behaviour change. Our programmes relate to all the Sustainable Development Goals, with full alignment to SDG’s.

In 2019 we reached more than 110 000 children though our educational programmes, with more than 55 000 learners through our outreach programmes at under-resourced schools. Our environmental awareness campaigns reached almost 20 000 people through various presentations and collaborations on activations such as beach clean-ups. Our conservation and welfare teams rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 200 sea turtles and assisted with the disentanglement of more than 40 seals.

We continue to nurture and inspire the next generation of decisions makers and influencers, whether they are marine scientists, educators, innovators or in professional trade, they have the potential to be conservation champions to ensure the future well-being of our oceans. Through our education and awareness efforts we want to empower communities to become agents of change for protecting our oceans.

Download the above report here: 2020 Report Aquarium Foundation (1). 

The Facilities

-The Foundation is very fortunate to have two incredible discovery centres (classrooms) attached to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa.

Our learning environment is hands-on and experiential where learners are introduced to various ambassador animals such as the stars of the sea.

We offer the very lively, interactive and informative puppet shows in the children’s play centre at the Aquarium for our younger learners.

When visiting our classrooms and the puppet show you also have the option to enjoy the fascinating underwater life and displays at the Aquarium as a group.

Our exciting and vibrant outreach teams visit schools in the Cape Town area and surrounds, and take a bit of the ocean and incredible ocean stories and living smart lessons right to the learners.

The mobile puppet show is ready to educate and entertain our little eco-enthusiasts at Early Childhood Development Centres in the Cape Town area.

Our online education centre has had great success with offering our Marine Sciences Academy courses via e-learning and livestreaming, and we also have a fantastic subscription offer where you can have access to great lessons, puppet shows, activities and resources online from anywhere in the world.

Our Mission

Informing and inspiring all to connect with and protect our ocean, the natural world, through conservation, awareness, research and education.

Our Vision

Connecting all people to the ocean.

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.

David Attenborough

The Two Oceans Aquarium
Education Foundation

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is a Trust established in the Republic of South Africa and is registered with the Master of the High Court whose founding document is a trust deed. The founder is the Two Oceans Aquarium Trust (IT2601/94).

The objective of the Trust is to engage in Public Benefit Activities aimed at the areas of education, conservation and research in order to benefit the South African public.

The Public Benefit Activities are carried out in a non-profit manner and with an altruistic or philanthropic intent. The approved Public Benefit Activities of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation fall within:

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is registered in terms of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act, 1962. Donations received will be used exclusively for the objective of conducting public benefit activities approved by the Minister of Finance as listed in Part 1 and 2 of the Ninth Schedule of the income Tax Act.

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with the Department of Social Development.

Reg No: IT000432/2017 (C)
PBO No: 930061845
NPO No: 234-805 NPO
Tax Ref. No: 0638/969/25/3

What we do – C.A.R.E

Conservation and animal welfare

Turtles Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Programme

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.

Marine Wildlife Management Programme

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.


Both the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation and the Aquarium carry the mandate to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage others to live sustainable lifestyles. To aid in reaching this goal, the Foundation and Aquarium run a number of high-profile campaigns emphasising the importance of choosing reusable options over single-use plastics, such as Rethink the Bag.


With the establishment of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the Two Oceans Aquarium has grown its research capacity. The Education Foundation supports various external research projects and has increased its internal research outcomes significantly through strong collaboration with a number of higher education institutions and research organisations.


We place a strong emphasis on marine science education, for the benefit of future generations of South African children, and the ocean at large. Efforts of the Education Foundation in this regard include sponsored environmental education outreach programmes, early childhood development lessons, various courses through our Marine Sciences Academy and thousands of lessons for learners at our discovery centres and also online

Annual Reports

Activity Report for 2018

Activity Report for 2019

Board of Trustees

Alana James

Alana brings incredible experience in the social impact, health and education space to the Foundation and her enthusiasm leads our ‘we can’ attitude. She is currently the CEO of the Sunflower Fund and serves on various boards and committees. 

Lynton Burger

Lynton is a marine scientist, a published author and an impact investment specialist with a deep love for the ocean. Lynton adds tremendous value to our strategic planning around ocean impact and connectedness. Lynton consults and advises to several conservation organisations and sustainable investment companies.

Michael Farquhar

Michael heads up the Two Oceans Aquarium and was part of developing the vision of creating a foundation to grow the non-profit and impact activities previously within the Aquarium. He continues to support the Foundation’s mission, and the Two Oceans Aquarium is one of our main funders.

Dr. Pat Garratt

Pat is our ocean guru and also an incredible storyteller. He is a marine scientist, the very first curator of the Two Oceans Aquarium, retired CEO of the Two Oceans Aquarium, and now ‘professional’ surfer and published author. As our ocean elder, his guidance contributes to our vision of connecting all people to the ocean.

We are in the process of expanding our board and advisory committee.