About the Turtle Rescue Programme:

Behind the scenes of the exhibits you have come to know and love, the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation actively rescues, rehabilitates and releases stranded and distressed sea turtles as part of our broader conservation mission. With the support of an extensive network of organisations and volunteers along the Western Cape's coast, and many incredible donors, hundreds of sea turtles have been saved, reared to full strength and released back into the wild - with an incredible 85% success rate.

Turtle Rescue Network

We have partnered with a network of coastal organisations and communities to help save turtles that are found on the coast by members of the public.

Release stories

Many of our rehab clinic's long-term residents leave an emotional mark on those who work with them, and the public who meet them.

Rehab residents

Adult or subadult sea turtles with major injuries often spend months or years regaining their strength. Meet the ones currently calling the Aquarium home.

The rehab facility

Behind the scenes, a dedicated team of veterinary and husbandry staff maintain a turtle rehabilitation clinic on the top floor of the Aquarium.

Support conservation

Sponsor conservation efforts

It costs the Aquarium about R30 per day to rehabilitate the average turtle – but few of them are “average”. From 25g hatchlings to 80kg heavyweights, dehydration to broken shells, and picky eaters to energetic rascals, it takes a passionate and dedicated team to provide each turtle with the individual care and treatment it needs. Please consider supporting this rehabilitation and release work.