The Two Oceans Aquarium Student Environmental Action (SEA) Team have put together a fabulous event in support of our turtle rehabilitation and release work. We’re celebrating World Turtle Day on 23 May by showcasing some of the important work that is done with sea turtles at the Aquarium, and with other animals in Cape Town by other brilliant organisations including Shark Spotters and and the Iingcungcu Sunbird Restoration Project.

Please join us on Tuesday 23 May for an evening of fascinating talks and films about nature and animals. All proceeds for the evening will be donated to the Two Oceans Aquarium’s Turtle Rehabilitation and Release Programme.

Event details

  • Where: Two Oceans Aquarium
  • When: 23 May 2017
  • Doors open at 18h30 and presentations start at 19h15
  • Cost: R100 for adults (ages and R50 for children 4-13 years (under 4s are free)
  • Buy ticket on Quicket by clicking here
  • Food and drink stalls will be available, as well as a supervised play area for young children.

Our speakers


Talitha Noble

Talitha Noble is 26 years old and from Cape Town. Her relationship with the Aquarium started when she did the Grade 10 Volunteer Course, also known as the Young Biologist Course, in 2007. She studied Marine Biology and Conservation Biology at UCT, graduating with an Honours degree in 2014. She is currently working as the Conservation Coordinator at the Two Oceans Aquarium, which involves running the Turtle Rehabilitation and Release programme and further developing and expanding the conservation work we do here. Talitha will be presenting on our turtle rehab-and-release facility  and the effort it takes to nurse turtles back to good health. From hand-feeding lost hatchlings to rehabilitating severely injured turtles of all sizes, she has the inside info on everything turtle. 


Bongani Mnisi

Bongani Mnisi is from Mkhuhlu Township in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga and has lived in Cape Town since 1998. He is the Head: Nature Conservation in the Biodiversity Management of the City of Cape Town where he manages the largest part of the City’s Biodiversity Network including four nature reserves. Bongani is also appointed by the National Minister of Water and Sanitation where he serves as a Board Chairperson of the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA). In the BGCMA board, he also serves in the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee. He serves in the Board of Trustees of the Table Mountain Fund as well as their Conservation Committee. Bongani holds an MSc degree in Botany and a BPhil degree in Sustainable Development Planning and Management from the University of Stellenbosch. He also holds a BTech degree in Nature Conservation from the CPUT. He also completed various certificates in Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), Conservation Stewardship and Extension and Project Management from Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and CPUT, respectively.  He will be showing his film Stepping Stones: Through Fragmented Environments, which showcases sunbird conservation in the Cape Flats area.


Simon Leigh

Simon is a diver and aquarist at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Every day, he works with the three biggest turtles in the large I&J Ocean Exhibit. He has an Honours degree in Ichthyology and is fascinated by animal behaviour. He loves being in and around the ocean and is an avid body-boarder in his free time. He will give us an insight into the personalities of our I&J Ocean Exhibit turtles: Yoshi, Bob and Sandy. 


Tamlyn Engelbrecht

Tamlyn is part of the Shark Spotters' research team. She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Cape Town, focusing on the spatial ecology of broadnose sevengill sharks. This project involves the use of acoustic telemetry to track the movements of sevengill sharks, both on a fine scale in False Bay, and more broadly along the SA coast. The overarching objective of her research is to aid in improving management and conservation of sevengill sharks, which still face exploitation in many areas throughout their range. The title of her talk is "Secretive sevengills: unravelling the mysteries of an enigmatic apex predator".


Lauren de Vos

Lauren De Vos is a conservation biologist and filmmaker whose research life has been somewhat eclectic: digging for ant species in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, memorizing bird calls along the Sabie River, netting insects in the rivers high in the mountains of the Western Cape and freediving under boats to untangle ropes caught in propellers at sea! She holds a BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT), tracked Chacma baboons to understand their social systems for her BSc Honours degree, and studied under the Organisation for Tropical Studies in the Kruger National Park. She completed her MSc in Conservation Biology using underwater cameras to survey the marine life of Stilbaai, and established an ongoing conservation project called “False Bay on Film” with the Save our Seas Foundation that pioneered the use of GoPro cameras to monitor marine fish populations on South Africa’s coast. She is currently completing her PhD, mapping the biodiversity of False Bay using underwater cameras. Lauren loves turning science into stories, inspiring people to reconnect with nature because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of a deeper connection to wilderness.

This is an awesome opportunity to visit the Aquarium and learn more about how conservation-minded organisations in Cape Town are making a difference. Don't miss it! 

Event details

  • Where: Two Oceans Aquarium
  • When: 23 May 2017
  • Doors open at 18h30 and presentations start at 19h15
  • Cost: R100 for adults (ages and R50 for children 4-13 years (under 4s are free)
  • Buy ticket on Quicket by clicking here
  • Food and drink stalls will be available, as well as a supervised play area for young children.

About the SEA Team

The Two Oceans Aquarium Student Environmental Action (SEA) Team is a group of inspired young individuals committed to conserving, protecting and respecting the environment. These individuals all graduated from the Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Education Centre’s Young Biologist course, a free course for grade 10s that is run through our Marine Sciences Academy. A new committee will be voted in every six months. They are tasked with organising two major beach clean-ups every year as well as one bigger project in pursuit of abundant and healthy oceans for life.

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