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Katja Laingui
Katja is the Education Operations Manager at the Aquarium Foundation. She gives support to the education team and the Foundation staff as a whole, with her attention to detail and project management skills. She also has a degree in sustainable development and one of her interests involves how to make people more interested in nature and the ecosystem services that we depend on. She is the author of the regular 'K's Kreature Feature' blog.

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 

Once-off donations

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.

Recurring donations

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 sponsorship

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 info@aquariumfoundation.org.za.

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


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Hoodwinked by a Mola tecta

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.

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Feedback from our Introduction to Marine Biology (Marine Biobasics) Course

Feedback from our Introduction to Marine Biology (Marine Biobasics) Course

The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation runs several holiday enrichment courses (known as ‘The Marine Science Academy courses’) for young natural historians with a particular interest in marine topics.
As they progress through the courses and climb the grades, many of them express an interest in pursuing a marine related career. This generally starts off as wanting to be a ‘Marine Biologist’, but further research and guidance through our courses makes them aware of the huge variety of careers on offer. Our courses for Grades 6 to 9 provide a general insight into marine sciences, building up to our Grade Ten ‘Young Biologist’ Course, which provides a good combination of experiential learning as well as the opportunity to volunteer in the aquarium, if they want to.
The Marine Science Academy courses culminate in two five-day academic courses offered to Grade Elevens and Twelves (the latter on special request) who are considering studying Marine Sciences at a tertiary level, one on aspects of Biology and the second on Oceanography.

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Turtle Road Trip 2022: Journey with a purpose!

Turtle Road Trip 2022: Journey with a purpose!

This year’s Turtle Road Trip was different from past ones, as the team of the Turtle Rescue Programme used the opportunity to conduct in-depth field training with the people and organisations working on the ground monitoring and patrolling our coastline – we might be the people that rehabilitate turtles, but the men and women patrolling the hundreds of kilometers of coastline are the first line in saving a turtle’s life.

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