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.
From 16-18 April 2014, SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) participated in the Old Mutual Two Oceans expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Attended by close to 45 000 individuals, one of the main attractions of the expo was SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin, Kia. Originally admitted from Stony Point in Betty’s Bay after her parents abandoned her during their annual moult, Kia is now one of three proud ambassador penguins for her species at SANCCOB. Currently, less than 18 000 endangered African penguin breeding pairs remain in the wild in South Africa.