Authorities are working together to prepare for clean-up operations after a chokka vessel ran aground near the Betty’s Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA) on 27 February 2014.
The 19 metre vessel from Hout Bay was carrying 10,000 litres of diesel and engine oil when it ran aground at approximately 4:00am.
African penguin chicks are admitted to SANCCOB from the colonies for various reasons and the numbers fluctuate between years. In 2013, SANCCOB reared an above average number of chicks. Almost 800 chicks were admitted to the Table View centre with approximately 300 admitted throughout the year (mostly removed from the Boulders colony) and approximately 500 admitted in November and December due to abandonment by moulting parents. In addition, 90 abandoned African penguin chicks were also admitted to the Cape St. Francis centre during 2013.