On this day 22 years ago, the Two Oceans Aquarium opened its doors to the public for the very first time - a day that some of us here at the Aquarium remember well, as we were fortunate enough to experience it for ourselves. Avid photographer Jana Marnewick recently spent some time exploring the Aquarium, capturing beautiful images of the home we have built for the ocean's ambassadors over the last 22 years.
Many things have changed in 22 years - we've grown and expanded, exhibits have changed and incredible people have come and gone. Through it all the Aquarium has become a world-class marine education and conservation facility, and a beloved icon of Cape Town (thanks Mzansi!).
As we reflect on fond memories of the past 22 years, we also look at how far we have come. The years gone by have been amazing, but we know that the years to come will surely be filled with even greater adventure.
The Two Oceans Aquarium's History:
On 13 November 1995, the Two Oceans Aquarium was opened to the public for the very first time - a feat that was only possible thanks to the thousands of hours committed by countless passionate volunteers and staff members. Today, 22 years later, the Aquarium still runs on that same backbone - passion and a love for the ocean and its inhabitants.
The Two Oceans Aquarium has since grown to be a top tourist destination, but also an institution internationally respected for its contributions to state-of-the-art environmental education programmes, conservation efforts and animal husbandry. Whether you are a curious visitor, beached turtle, intrepid researcher, environmentally-minded volunteer or inquisitive learner, the Two Oceans Aquarium has become a second home you can depend on.