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.
SANCCOB’s Education Department, Wild About…Exploration, kicked off February by hosting its first penguin birthday party of the year. Birthday girl, Jade Beckert, celebrated her 8th birthday together with her friends and family at SANCCOB’s seabird centre in Table View. The fun-filled party activities included penguin games, making penguin crafts and, of course, meeting SANCCOB’s very own Rocky the Rockhopper penguin. At the end of the party, Jade was kind enough to present SANCCOB with a donation collected from her friends in place of gifts. You have a big heart, Jade, and thank you for caring for our seabirds.
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