The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, or Aquarium Foundation for short, was founded so that the amazing conservation, awareness, research and education work of the Two Oceans Aquarium could be continued and expanded. We are a very new organisation, as we were only fully established in March 2020. We are a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation with an emphasis on C.A.R.E., which stands for conservation, awareness, research and education.
Our ‘Oceans in Motion’ outreach programme with teacher Thabo
Our efforts depend upon individual donations, as these will ensure that we remain financially sustainable and that we can do so much more! We have two outreach vans that equip us to educate children in under-resourced areas. Imagine what we could do if we had ten! Our turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release programme is currently coping with the number of turtles we are receiving, through the continuous support from the Two Oceans Aquarium, FFC, Plantastic and some individual donations; however, we often need additional funds to treat the more difficult cases. Annie, the loggerhead turtle currently in our care, needs a CT scan, for example. We also want to contribute towards international turtle research by tagging some of the subadult and adult turtles we release. Donations from the public can make all this possible. If you want to help us continue doing our work and to enable us to do more, here are some options of how you can do just that.
A loggerhead turtle hatchling, in rehabilitation at our turtle rescue centre
You can make a once-off donation on our website for any value you choose. You can choose whether you would like this money to be a general donation, or whether it should go towards a specific cause.
You can make a donation here.
This type of donation will enable you to set up a recurring donation, with pre-set amounts of R50, R100, R500 or R1000 per month.
You can make a donation here.
Join our Foundation Crew
We have launched our Foundation Crew, a monthly donation programme which includes exclusive educational content. Our team of teachers have created an online mini-series, which features fun and educational ocean content. Our Mini Crew is the first to launch, aimed at three to seven-year olds who love the ocean. A new episode is released weekly that can be watched in your own time. Two more Crew levels will be launched in October 2020: Cool Crew (for kids aged eight to 12-years) and the Pro Crew (for anyone 13 years and older).
Sign up now, for a donation of R200/month!
Watch a promo video about what to expect when signing up for our Mini Crew
Corporate sponsorships are another primary form of income for us. We have conservation and education programmes that would benefit from continuous funding, and we have so many new education projects that we would like to start but need funding for. If you would like to become one of our corporate sponsors, please contact Jacinta on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very grateful to our current donors and would like to thank them for believing in the work we do. The support we receive makes our work in ocean conservation, awareness, research and education possible.
All qualifying donations are tax deductible and we can issue you with an S18a certificate.
NPO registration: 234-805 NPO
PBO registration: 930061845
Trust registration: IT000432/2017c
Learning to swim is empowering – especially for women who want to work in the ocean community! Having the confidence to explore the water, feeling safe when in a boat, or simply having access to swimming as a recreational activity are things that many take for granted. A number of the incredible women at the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation took the step of learning to swim with Swimmable – taking their first steps into this new way of exploring the world (and making their first splashes in the water of the Aquarium’s I&J Ocean Exhibit).
On 14 July 2021, a loggerhead turtle entangled in ghost-netting was in dire need of intervention and was rescued on the beach in Gansbaai. Through the Turtle Network, this adult, stranded, cold-stunned sea turtle arrived at the Two Oceans Aquarium & was received by the turtle rehab team. This turtle was surprisingly strong during admittance into hospital; lifting her head, resisting restraint & also presented with no external injuries needing immediate intervention.
Hoodwinker sunfish were only recently discovered in 2017, after hiding in plain sight amongst the more commonly known 𝘔𝘰𝘭𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘭𝘢. So, when one of these rare animals was found washed up near Gansbaai, scientists from Dyer Island Conservation Trust and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation were alerted and eager to work together to learn more about one of our ocean’s most unusual creatures.