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Colette Bodenstaff             


SHAPE—Africa Events Coordinator

Hello! I have worked at Sea World at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa since 1994. Starting off as a volunteer, I worked my way up through Sea World’s in-house accreditation program. I have been integrally involved in the training and care of Sea World’s resident Bottlenose dolphins, South African fur seals and African penguins. In 1996, after spending 6 months training Californian sea lions in India, my enthusiasm for pinnipeds flourished. I am passionate about the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded South African and Sub-antarctic fur seals found along the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline each year. I am currently the assistant curator of the Sea World Mammal & Bird Department.

I enjoy visiting as many zoos and aquaria as possible when I have the opportunity to travel. I believe that every zoo keeper in any facility should strive to go beyond minimum animal welfare standards.  As zoo keepers we have the power to advance the quality of life of animals in our care.  I have become a member of the AKAA and have joined the SHAPE—Africa committee as the events coordinator to do just that.


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