Special offer on Two Oceans Aquarium’s 22nd birthday
Aquarium is a world-class marine education facility
FOR MORE than two decades, the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront has grown and educated hundreds of thousands of visitors. The facility celebrated its 22nd anniversary earlier this week and spokesperson Renée Leeuwner said they had gone through many changes.
“When we opened, the building looked a lot different. We are now focusing on education and conservation.”
Leeuwner said she started working at the aquarium as a volunteer, six months before they opened, in 1995.
“We’ve grown and expanded, exhibits have changed and incredible people have come and gone… The aquarium has become a world-class marine education and conservation facility, and a beloved icon of Cape Town.”
Thousands of visitors come through their doors, many of them children on school trips.
“As an aquarium our footprint has changed, and what we strove to do has changed.
“We are growing, and not just in terms of our environmental footprint, but also in how we operate.”
The work they did at the aquarium was making an impact outside. Many young staffers go on to study marine sciences.
The aquarium offers a range of activities like diving with some of the shoals of fish and large predators, visiting one of their six exhibits and teaching about marine life.
“The years gone by have been amazing, but we know that the years to come will be filled with even greater adventure,” Leeuwner said.
SAFE SPACE: A visitor admires a ragged-tooth shark in the predator tank.
DIVERSITY: An eagle ray swimming with sardines.
EXCITING: Aquarium divers with a ragged-tooth shark.
AMAZING DEVELOPMENT: The Two Oceans Aquarium during the construction phase.
FUN: Lindokuhle Ngwane, 11, and Le-Shaan Jaars, 13, at the clown fish tank.