Jean Huisman, Pericles Anetos, Tremaine van Aardt and Kayleigh Tuck
THE R10-million first phase of the much- loved Bayworld’s renovation programme is almost complete and the facility is set to open in September, well in time for the festive season rush.
The oceanarium’s new seal pool has been attached to the older one via a swim-through tunnel and a new grandstand – small but intimate – is ready.
The animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities have been upgraded to allow for better care of both wild and resident creatures.
During a tour of the oceanarium, live animal curator Robyn Greyling said: “The new enclosures are tailored towards providing stimulation, comfort and privacy for the animals while still offering a uniquely personal experience for the viewer.”
Bayworld will offer several other exclusive features.
“Some visitors will get the rare chance to swim with the seals and to take part in their training for a full day,” Greyling said.
The outdated tropical and shark tanks have already been replaced by smaller panoramic exhibits for a more inclusive viewing experience. The tanks have been filled and are just waiting for their occupants to arrive.
“The final renovation phase is a major operation which will see our exhibits matching international standards. Bayworld used to be one of the biggest attractions in the Eastern Cape and has always played an invaluable part in the environmental education of our city’s children,” she said.
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