SANCCOB in the Eastern Cape admitted its first batch of chicks of 2014 on 24 April. Admitted from Bird Island in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth (part of the Addo Elephant National Park), the half a dozen chicks will undergo special care and rehabilitation at SANCCOB’s centre in Cape St. Francis until they are ready for release back into the wild.
In a rescue effort to save 36 Cape gannet chicks, SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and CapeNature teamed up to admit the orphaned chicks from Bird Island (Lambert’s Bay) to SANCCOB’s seabird rehabilitation centre in Table View. Every year around May, adult Cape gannets vacate the island for their annual post-breeding immigration and can often be found as far as Angola or Mozambique. The group of gannet chicks hatched late in the breeding season and are not yet of a fledging age. As a result, they were abandoned by their migrating parents and would have faced starvation on the island if SANCCOB and CapeNature had not intervened.