Foreign aquarium experts in awe of uShaka Sea World's facilities

  • 27 September 2012 | SAAMBR | Category: Education

Abe Fukushima of the Fukishima Aquarium in Japan with SAAMBR CEO Judy Mann at uShaka Sea World's Penguin Promises site

Over the past few weeks, uShaka Sea World has hosted a wide range of visitors from overseas aquariums. This included visitors from the Antwerpen Zoo in Belgium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, the John G Shedd Aquarium in the United States, Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Suma Aqualife Park and Fukishima Aquarium in Japan, Cairns Marine in Australia, Turkuazoo in Istanbul, Mare Nostrum in France, Singapore Zoo in Singapore and Dalian Ocean Park in China, among others.

These visits were as a result of the 8th International Aquarium Congress held in Cape Town in early September – while visiting South Africa, many delegates used the opportunity to visit Durban and uShaka Sea World.

“Their response to our aquarium was quite overwhelming, while their perspective as aquarium professionals proved really interesting,” says South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR) CEO Judy Mann. The international visitors viewed the aquarium with a far more critical eye than the general visitor, who has often not seen another aquariums to compare it with.

John G Shedd Aquarium personnel pledge their Penguin Promises while on a visit to uShaka Sea World

“They all commented on the excellent health of the animals, the cleanliness of the exhibits and the quality of the water. They were amazed by the theming and the size of uShaka Sea World, and could not believe that such a facility exists in Africa." They also commented on the friendliness of the staff and the obvious professionalism of the systems and people.

The silvertip sharks were a particular favourite, since uShaka Sea World is the only aquarium in the world to house these majestic animals. The fact that SAAMBR has such a large research – working along the entire east coast of Africa – in addition to our Education Centre, doing such a wide range of educational activities, both on and off site, impressed the delegates even more.

“We are immensely proud of SAAMBR as it truly is a unique organisation,” says Judy.

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