Following the retirement of Dr Patrick Garratt, the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa, has promoted curator Michael Farquhar to the role of CEO.
Maryke Musson will take Farquhar's place as the Aquarium’s Curator.
Farquhar describes joining the Two Oceans Aquarium as an aquarist in 1992 as the best move he ever made.
Speaking of his new appointment, he said, “I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to lead an incredible team which runs a world-class aquarium. Dr Garratt is leaving behind an increasingly respected institution that is running effectively and efficiently, and which is on the brink of a significant expansion when our new large exhibit opens in early 2016."
Maryke Musson is no stranger to the Aquarium having worked there with the seals in the 1990s. She said, “One of the things that excites me most about returning to the Aquarium is the opportunity to tell stories, to challenge visitors and to change their behaviour in one way or another."
The Two Oceans Aquarium showcases the marine life from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans which meet at the southern tip of Africa. It is a certified Platinum member of the Heritage Environmental Rating Programme, the highest level of achievement in the internationally recognised eco-labelling programme.
The Aquarium views these new appointments as an opportunity to further expand its influence and reach within the international community.
"There are exciting times ahead, ” said Farquhar.