Wild About…Exploration, SANCCOB’s Environmental Education centre, recently launched its new and exciting birthday party programme. In June, they proudly hosted their first birthday parties for Jared Francois (4) from Blouberg and Dune Watkins (8) from Table View. As the honourary birthday boy and girl, Jared and Dune got to wear a special penguin outfit and together with the other party guests, was entertained by SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin, Rocky the Rockhopper.
Earlier this year, SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) released the story of Beakie, an African penguin that was hit by a speeding vehicle at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town on African Penguin Awareness Day, 13 October 2012. Left with a severely damage beak, the brave little patient underwent two months’ of rehabilitation at SANCCOB and was eventually flown to Johannesburg to undergo reconstructive surgery at Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in Pretoria with the help of Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp.