‘Adopt’ and name a wild penguin – or
choose one of our home pen birds which
live permanently at SANCCOB because they
cannot survive
in the wild …

Adopt and name the penguin of your choice for R600

You will receive a certificate of adoption valid for one year, which includes a photograph and brief history of ‘your’ penguin, as well as a letter of thanks from ‘your’ bird.


Help save this highly endangered species by ‘adopting’ a penguin today.

SANCCOB’s adoption programme is a pay-it-forward system. Your adoption donation is for an African penguin that has, or will be, rehabilitated and released back into the wild by our dedicated staff.

The adoption fee helps cover the cost of fish, medication, water and other essentials ‘your’ bird needs during rehabilitation. Because SANCCOB’s objective is to release as many of our rescued seabirds back into the wild as possible, you will not be able to visit ‘your’ penguin during rehabilitation, or track its movements after release.

You will however play a vital role in saving an African penguin … and give your adopted bird the chance to live a natural life in the wild, where it belongs.

Adoptions are valid for one year from the date of issue and adopters are welcome to get in touch to renew it, especially in respect of Home Pen birds permanently in our care.

Adopt a penguin egg for R300

Adopt an African penguin egg that has been hatched at SANCCOB. After hatching, the chick is cared for until it is ready to be released into the wild. You will receive:

  • Certificate of adoption
  • Two O-FISH-ALLY awesome SANCCOB screensavers


Adopt one of the penguins below and help us to maintain and provide an excellent quality of life for birds that cannot be released back into the wild.
You are welcome to visit ‘your’ penguin.

Cape Town Centre Home Pen


Flipper was rescued from Dyer Island, Gansbaai in 2003. He was very weak, emaciated and had a large wound under his flipper, most likely from a seal bite.

His flipper never fully recovered and this would put him at risk in the wild. Flipper now lives permanently at SANCCOB and has happily partnered with Jaeger.


Norbert was found as a chick nesting in an unsafe area outside the Boulders Beach colony. The vet noticed that he had an oedema in his eye that could not be fixed. As a result, he now lives at SANCCOB.

Norbert has a unique double black band on his chest. Since moulting in December 2016, he has paired with Stubby.


Originally from the Eastern Cape, Flo became a permanent resident in Home Pen during the late 1990´s.

Because of an injury to her right shoulder joint, she cannot go back into the wild because she would struggle to catch fish. At SANCCOB, Flo has partnered with Milo and they live happily together.


Ebony is SANCCOB’s only resident Bank cormorant that was brought to SANCCOB from Robben Island as an egg in 2015. She was hatched and successfully reared in our CRU.

SANCCOB is hoping to use Ebony as part of our Bank cormorant breeding project to bolster population numbers. Bank cormorants only occur along the west coast of Southern Africa. They have been endangered since 2004, with their numbers continuing to decline.


Steve arrived from Simon’s Town in 2015 as a juvenile. He was weak and had a chest infection, but made a full recovery.

Unfortunately his extensive stay at SANCCOB and his loving nature made him imprint on his human caretakers, despite the utmost care taken to minimise human-penguin interaction. He would struggle to survive in the wild and hunt for his own food. Steve is now a SANCCOB ambassador and is involved in our various environmental education programmes.


Stubby was brought in to SANCCOB as an abandoned chick from Simon’s Town. She had injuries on her back assumed to be caused by a cat. As she grew, her flippers remained short but what she lacks in flipper she makes up for in heart!

In the wild, she would not be able to survive, as she would be too slow to catch fish or to escape from a seal. But at a five-star penguin hotel, the fish is brought to you! Stubby’s quirky partner is Norbert.


Nona was admitted to SANCCOB at the end of 2015 from Hout Bay with some breathing difficulties. While recovering at the centre, she unfortunately became imprinted on her human caretakers despite the utmost care taken to minimise human-penguin interaction.

Penguins that have become too acclimatised to humans struggle to adapt in the wild and hunt for their own food. Nona is now a proud ambassador penguin who specialises in old age home visits due to her gentle nature.


Princess came to SANCCOB as a juvenile African penguin, after having been found at the Waterfront looking weak and covered in oil.

Her name is very apt, since she is a bit of a diva and very demanding of attention.

With her striking features, Princess is often featured in magazine stories and other media.


Rocky was found stranded in Struisbaai and brought to SANCCOB in January 2009 as a juvenile Northern Rockhopper penguin.

These birds live in the sub Antarctic on islands like Marion and Gough. She was either caught in the Benguela current or brought to our shores by a ship. She lives permanently at SANCCOB because she could potentially carry diseases endemic to South African seabirds back to her colony, with disastrous results.


Skipper was admitted in 2014 by a group of kayakers who were paddling around Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town. She had been following them around for a very long time and eventually got picked up by the kayakers after she got exhausted. She had no major injuries but clearly had a love for humans.

Skipper is now a proud ambassador penguin for SANCCOB and helps raise much-needed awareness about her endangered species. She is happily paired with Syd.


Syd came to SANCCOB from Lambert’s Bay as a juvenile with a fractured beak.

Penguins with beak problems struggle to catch fish in the wild, so Syd was placed in Home Pen. He moulted into a handsome adult in January 2016, and stole Skipper’s heart. When African penguins are paired, they will often clean one another’s feathers with their beaks. Due to Syd missing part of his bottom beak, he doesn’t preen as much as poke Skipper, but she still enjoys the attention.

Cape St Francis Centre Home Pen


Penelope was rescued from Plettenberg Bay in the Eastern Cape in 2016. She was unable to walk and it was suspected that she had suffered a head trauma. Part of her rehabilitation was spent in a walking ring.

She made a full recovery but unfortunately, her extensive stay at SANCCOB tamed her and she would struggle to survive in the wild. She has now partnered with Batmann, another resident penguin in Cape St Francis.


Batmann was admitted to our Cape St Francis centre in 2013 after being severely oiled. Apart from being in desperate need of intensive rehabilitation, we soon realised that Batmann is also blind.

Owing to his disability he will never be able to fend for himself in the wild and is safer in our permanent care. He is quite happy with his partner, Penelope, in SANCCOB’s 5 star hotel.


Eldebbo was a juvenile when she was rescued by SANParks on Bird Island in the summer of 2013. She had lost sight in her left eye and, as with any wild animal, would struggle to defend herself or catch fish with this disability.

Despite the utmost care taken to minimise human-penguin interaction, she became tame and is better off with her fellow seabirds in the care of our Cape St Francis centre.


Oliver was rescued in the summer of 2010 with a bite wound to his oesophagus, which required specialised veterinary care and rehabilitation.

While he has recovered, if released back into the wild he would have difficulty catching fish, owing to his injury, and he would also be vulnerable to predation. At SANCCOB, Oliver has partnered with Gigi and they have a happy life together.


Gigi was found by members of the public in November 2010. She had been attacked by a dog and suffered several open wounds and a dislocated hip. Her hip never fully recovered and this would put her at risk of not surviving in the wild.

She is now our hip-hop Gigi and lives permanently at our Cape St Francis centre with her partner, Oliver, who loves her just the way she is.