'Let's put an end to litter this Easter,' say the penguins

The Easter Bunny is busy at uShaka Marine World hiding 100 000 tokens for Beacon marshmallow eggs ahead of Africa's largest Easter egg hunt.

Join in on the fun on Saturday 4 April and Sunday 5 April from 7am by exploring the park to find tokens that can be exchanged for tasty chocolate eggs.

The penguins know that litter such as Easter egg wrappers should be placed in a bin so it doesn't end up polluting the ocean

Children will have the opportunity to view real penguin eggs, shark eggs and much more along the route. 

At 8.30am the hunt will make way for the special Easter dolphin show starring uShaka Sea World’s ocean warrior mascots – Delia the dolphin, Slippy the seal, Rusty the penguin and Raggy the shark, as well as the Easter bunny and uShaka Sea World dolphins.

This year the African penguins, uShaka Sea World's ambassadors, want to encourage all chocolate lovers to place their Easter egg wrappers where they belong – in the bin! 

If all South Africans work together this Easter and every day of the year by throwing away their litter responsibly, we can help reduce the negative effect that human behaviour is having on the health of the penguins' only home – the ocean.

Penguins show how we can help to protect their home, the ocean, by depositing litter in bins 

Although our oceans are enormous, their ecosystems are under tremendous stress due to a variety of pollution sources, which is why the penguins urge visitors to make a Penguin Promise to do their bit to help. Ask where you can do this when you visit.

Around 80% of plastic pollution in South African seas comes from land-based sources. Besides fisheries and food resource competition, pollution poses the greatest threat to marine mammals and birds.  

Most litter, including Easter egg wrappers, enters the oceans from stormwater drains after being carelessly dropped in rural and urban areas. The litter is blown by the wind into rivers or stormwater drains, which both feed into our beautiful oceans.

Become an ocean ambassador this Easter by setting a good example in your community and help keep South Africa and its oceans clean.

Tickets for the Easter event are R130 each and can be purchased through Computicket or at the uShaka Marine World ticketing office.

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