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HELP US BUILD A NEW SEABIRD HOSPITAL

SANCCOB is excited to share the news about the construction of a new seabird hospital at its centre in Table View, Cape Town. It’s finally time for our 33 year old facility to get an upgrade and to help us build on SANCCOB’s nearly 50 year legacy of saving southern Africa’s seabirds.

We are fortunate to have secured seed funding from the National Lotteries Commission for this ambitious project, which will be complete before the end of 2017.

But we need your help!

SANCCOB is launching a massive Donate-a-Brick public appeal to help us raise the remainder of the funds needed.

For just R50 each, you can donate a brick, and make a meaningful contribution to our pioneering conservation work. Every donation, no matter the size, will help SANCCOB build a better future for the endangered African penguin and other seabirds we care for.

As one of the biggest developments in SANCCOB’s existence, we hope the public support that has brought us this far will stay steadfast in our time of need.

Donate today and help set the foundation for a state-of-the-art seabird hospital that will help to care for thousands more seabirds to come, knowing that your donation made it possible.
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You can also help by sponsoring necessary building materials or hosting a fundraiser for SANCCOB. Please contact our Campaign Manager, Tamlyn Hardy, on (021) 557 6155 or email Tamlyn@sanccob.co.za to lend your support.

Please note: Due to construction, our Cape Town centre will not be able to accommodate tours or educational visits for learners until the new seabird hospital is complete. Our Cape St Francis centre is not affected and remains available for tours.

BE PART OF THE NEXT RESCUE

Last winter, caring supporters like you helped us save 30 oiled penguins and their 4 chicks from Bird and St Croix Islands.

The birds were taken to our seabird centre in Cape St Francis, where trained staff and volunteers washed, fed and cared for them for 4-6 weeks, while they regained their strength and the natural waterproofing of their feathers.

The chicks, which were less than three weeks old and weighed only 500 grams, were hand-reared at SANCCOB. All 34 birds were successfully released back into the wild.

WHAT WE DO

SANCCOB saves seabirds

RESCUE

SANCCOB provides a 24/7 rescue service for sick and injured seabirds and abandoned chicks. We respond to oil spill disasters along the South African coastline.

REHABILITATION

SANCCOB is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of seabird rehabilitation. We treat 2500 injured, sick and oiled seabirds annually.

CHICK REARING

Our specialist chick rearing unit saves African penguin eggs and chicks that have been abandoned, for subsequent release back into the wild.

EDUCATION

We offer various engaging lessons for children and adults, including tours of the facilities, presentations and encounters with our Ambassador penguins.

TRAINING

We offer 3 and 6 month internships for adults, as well as a zoo and aquarium keeper exchange programme and veterinary experience courses.

RESEARCH

Ongoing research increases our understanding of seabird species’ behaviour, diseases and other factors that impact on their long-term survival.

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FOUND A BIRD?

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all us any time of the day or night. SANCCOB is a 24-hour Seabird Rescue Centre and will respond to all seabirds in distress, including African Penguins, Cape Gannets, Terns, Cormorants, Seagulls, Oystercatchers, Albatrosses, Petrels, Pelicans and other marine birds.

CAPE TOWN
+27 (0)21 557 6155
+27 (0) 78 638 3731 (after hours & weekends)

CAPE ST. FRANCIS
+27 (0)42 298 0160
+27 (0)82 890 0207 (after hours & weekends)

Depending on the nature of the injury and the location of the seabird, we will dispatch one of our own Rescue Units, offer stabilisation advice or put you in contact with the nearest organisation that can assist.

What to do when you find an injured/sick/oiled seabird:
  • Please approach any seabird with care – some, such as Cape Gannets and African Penguins, have sharp beaks.
  • Have with you a towel or blanket and wear protection over your hands and eyes.
  • Throw the towel or blanket over the bird to catch it, ensuring that the bird is able to breathe.
  • Place the bird in a large box if you have one, after first ensuring that there are holes for air.
  • Keep the bird in a warm quiet place until help arrives