how your everlasting love for that special someone this Valentine’s Day by adopting a pair of endangered African penguins – one for each of you – because we’re also feeling the love.
But there’s a very serious side to this fun gift. Last year saw the lowest number – 21 500 – of African penguin breeding pairs ever recorded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (South Africa) and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (Namibia). Our efforts to save this endangered species is enabled by your support and together, we can prevent its extinction. Decreasing numbers of this penguin population is a result of dwindling food supplies, habitat destruction, pollution, predation and climate change.
By ‘adopting’ a pair of penguins this Valentine’s month, you’ll help reverse the decline and save this highly endangered species.
For just R600 you can adopt and name a pair of African penguins currently being rehabilitated at one of our centres. Your donation will help pay for fish, medication and other essentials needed to restore these birds to health.
And although you won’t be able to take your adopted penguins home or visit them at SANCCOB, you’ll be helping to give them what they need – the chance to live long, happy lives in the wild where they belong.
In return for your donation, you’ll receive two Adoption Certificates with a picture and a short history of each bird, as well as special thank you letters from ‘your’ penguins. Keep one for yourself and give the other to your loved one as a unique and meaningful gift.
As soon as they are strong and healthy enough, your penguins will be released back into the wild where they belong. So if you’re ever near Boulders Beach or Stony Point, you may very well spot your penguin pair enjoying the life and freedom you’ve helped to give them.
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
HOW TO HELP
FOUND A BIRD?
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.
+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