Special of­fer on Two Oceans Aquar­ium’s 22nd birth­day

Aquar­ium is a world-class marine ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity

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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.

PIC­TURES: HENK KRUGER / ANA

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.

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS / ANA

FUN: Lin­dokuhle Ng­wane, 11, and Le-Shaan Jaars, 13, at the clown fish tank.

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