12 Dec Sea World News
After six months of relentless dedication and hard work, the uShaka Sea World team can now celebrate their highly sort-after PAAZA Accreditation.
This is the third time that Sea World has been awarded accreditation status by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquariums (PAAZA). PAAZA, an internationally recognised organisation and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, offers the highest possible accreditation and recognition that a living animal institution can achieve in Africa! Not all institutions that apply for accreditation receive it – uShaka Sea World remains the only accredited aquarium in Africa.
The accreditation status is an acknowledgement of excellence in the fields of veterinary care, animal husbandry, record keeping, exhibits, level of cleanliness, staff operations, operational procedures, health and safety as well as ethics. Prior to the award being made, a comprehensive audit was carried out by a team of professionals including animal care specialists, veterinarians and aquarium specialists.
“It needs to be said that uShaka Sea World is a world class facility with an exceptionally high standard in terms of animal welfare, operation and strategic delivery of both conservation and education objectives, as well as being a public amenity,” said John Werth, Executive Director of PAAZA and the lead inspector.
Dr Larry Oellermann, the CEO of SAAMBR, the NGO Association that operates at uShaka Sea World, expressed his pleasure at the accreditation: “Inspection by peers is always a difficult process. The uShaka Sea World team, together with the support of the uShaka Marine World team, was prepared and the inspectors were impressed by their commitment to animal care. Accreditation is a tribute to our staff and their commitment to marine conservation.”