Through the conservation and animal welfare programmes of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the Aquarium is able to continue its commitment to ensuring the well-being and of our ocean and the animals that depend on it. In partnership with the V&A Waterfront our Foundation carries out wildlife monitoring and welfare throughout the Port of Cape Town through the Marine Wildlife Management Programme, and other key conservation initiatives, such as the Sea Turtle Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Programme play a crucial role in the conservation of globally endangered species.
Fewer than one in a thousand sea turtle hatchlings survive until adulthood - and climate change and plastic pollution have brought that number even lower. With our wide network of public volunteers, dozens of stranded sea turtles are rescued on the South African coast every year, and are able to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild thanks to the world-class facilities managed by our Foundation.
The Aquarium team works in partnership with the V&A Waterfront to run a successful Marine Wildlife Management Programme to facilitate the harmonious coexistence of humans and wildlife in our city. Teams of monitors are on patrol to help distressed birds, and the Aquarium team is always ready to hop into the water to free Cape fur seals that have become ensnared in discarded fishing gear and plastic pollution.
During summer months, ocean sunfish visit Table Bay. They are a common sight in our harbour, and sometimes become confused or trapped by this manmade environment. The Aquarium regularly helps these sunfish return to the open ocean and, if needed, provides them with temporary space inside the Aquarium to heal.