uShaka Sea World is accredited by the Pan-African Association of Zoos & Aquaria (PAAZA). PAAZA is an internationally recognised organisation and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
PAAZA accreditation is the highest possible recognition that a living animal institution can achieve in Africa and not all institutions that apply for accreditation receive it.
uShaka Sea World remains the only PAAZA-accredited aquarium in Africa.
The accreditation status is an acknowledgement of excellence in the fields of veterinary care, animal husbandry, record keeping, exhibits, level of cleanliness, staff operations, operational procedures, health and safety, and ethics.
Prior to the award being made, a comprehensive audit is carried out by a team of professionals including animal care specialists, veterinarians and aquarium specialists.