In 2018, the Two Oceans Aquarium founded the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation in an effort to realise our vision of healthy and abundant oceans for life. The Education Foundation is a registered non-profit public benefit organisation, and through it, we are able to reach and have an impact on even more people, communities and habitats with our environmental education, conservation and marine science research programmes.


Supported by the Two Oceans Aquarium and other corporate and community partners, the Education Foundation is involved in a number of marine conservation initiatives, including flagship projects like the Turtle Rescue Programme and the V&A Waterfront's Wildlife Management Programme. These efforts have variously rescued, rehabilitated and released five species of endangered sea turtle, marine mammals, ocean sunfish, sharks and coastal seabirds.

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The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation places a strong emphasis on marine science literacy, for the benefit of future generations of South African children, and the ocean at large. Efforts of the Education Foundation in this regard include environmental education outreach programmes, early childhood development lessons, free courses via the Marine Sciences Academy, and thousands of lessons for school learners, subsidised and hosted by the Two Oceans Aquarium.

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With the establishment of the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, the Two Oceans Aquarium has grown its research capacity. The Education Foundation supports various external research projects and has increased its internal research outcomes significantly through strong collaboration with a number of higher education institutions and research organisations.

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Ocean advocacy

Both the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation and the Aquarium carry the mandate to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage others to live sustainable lifestyles. To aid in reaching this goal, the Foundation and Aquarium run a number of high profile campaigns emphasising the importance of choosing reusable options over single-use plastics, such as Rethink the Bag or Bin You Butts.

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About the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation

The Two Oceans Aquarium has a 25-year legacy of inspiring care and passion for ocean conservation, and has established itself as a leader in environmental education, wildlife conservation and research, and marine sciences training. 

By establishing the registered non-profit public benefit organisation, Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, in 2018, we have taken our next steps to fulfil our mission of inspiring action for the future well-being of the ocean.

The Education Foundation aims to achieve this outcome through far-reaching and inclusive education programmes, rigorous research practices, and dedicated conservation projects – such as rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing distressed sea turtles.

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The Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation is a registered Public Benefit Organisation operating on a not-for-profit basis

If you'd like to support the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation in its mission, you can find ways to support them here.