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ADOPT A PENGUIN CHICK – FOR YOURSELF OR AS A UNIQUE FESTIVE GIFT

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hick season is here, and already more than 100 African penguin chicks have been admitted to our seabird centres to be hand-reared after being abandoned by their parent birds, undergoing their annual moult.

We’ll do our best to save every one – with less than 23 000 African penguin breeding pairs left in the wild, the survival of this highly endangered species depends on it.

But we need help from people who are willing
to not only save one penguin – but an entire species – by ‘adopting’ one or more of these chicks today.

When you adopt a penguin chick with a donation of R600, you help cover the cost of fish (your chick will eat as many as eight sardines a day!); medication to prevent and treat infection; and specialised care from our dedicated staff.

In return, you are invited to choose a name for your chick and you will receive an Adoption Certificate with a photo and brief history of ‘your’ penguin.

If you prefer, you can choose to pledge a *monthly donation of R100 to adopt one penguin or R200 per month for two – and receive your adoption packs with your first monthly payment.

Of course, you can’t take your adopted penguin home – as soon as it is strong enough and gets the thumbs up from our vet staff, it will be released back into the wild where it belongs and thus bolster the population of this iconic penguin species, endemic to southern Africa.

You will enjoy the privilege and satisfaction of playing a special part in saving its life – and ultimately helping us reverse the decline of an entire species. We’ve proved that rescuing and hand-rearing individual abandoned chicks has the power to stem the decrease in numbers of the highly endangered African penguin. A small contribution will make a big impact. We can end seabird extinction. Together!

This is what makes adopting a penguin in their name
such a great gift for kids! They love the excitement of receiving a Certificate with a picture of ‘their’ penguin … and it teaches them valuable lessons about protecting  wildlife for future generations to come.

In fact, being ‘given’ a wild penguin makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who cares about the environment and the amazing birds and animals who share our planet.

If you’re not able to adopt a penguin right now, please consider making a contribution of any amount towards this vital conservation initiative. With so many penguin chicks being brought to our seabird rehabilitation centres each week, every donation makes a difference and is highly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

*We will assist you to arrange a debit order to SANCCOB.

Receive a certificate of adoption and a letter of thanks from ‘your’ penguin

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)

PORT ELIZABETH
+27 (0)41 583 1830
+27 (0) 64 019 8936 (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