FOUND A SEABIRD? Contact our 24-hour Seabird Rescue Centres
Cape Town: +27 21 557 6155 or +27 78 638 3731 After Hours | Port Elizabeth: 041 583 1830 or +27 64 019 8936
While in lockdown in South Africa as the world faces the Covid-19 pandemic, our seabird patients are still our priority as we carry out our essential services. The South African Government provides all South Africa’s latest news and updates at www.sacoronavirus.co.za.
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At the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, we carry out essential services, so the welfare of our seabird patients remains our priority while we face the global fight against the corona virus.
At present, we are at the peak of our annual egg season at SANCCOB and that means eggs hatching almost daily and more mouths to feed. Our Table View centre has admitted 300 abandoned African penguin eggs since January and all but 40 are still being incubated and yet to hatch in the next few weeks. Considering that most of the eggs were abandoned, we are pleased with the number of eggs that were still viable and successfully hatched. We currently have 120 chicks varying from tiny hatchlings to over 1.3kg being hand-reared in our Chick Rearing Unit and Nursery areas.
Did you know that you can ADOPT AN EGG at ZAR300 / $21.96 and support its incubation?
By adopting an African penguin egg you will contribute toward its incubation until ready to hatch, bringing a tiny chick into the world. Once hatched, we will hand-rear for three to four months until waterproof and strong enough to be released back to the wild population; the core objective of our Chick Bolstering Project. You can’t name it as a Penguin Adoption but you will definitely feel proud to play your part in conserving the endangered African penguin species.
This egg adoption initiative is automated, which means you will receive your certificate of adoption online, making it also an ideal virtual gift option for someone dear. This might just be the perfect gift at a time when we cannot be close to our loved ones and stories of hope are needed to lift our spirits. Many who celebrate Easter all around the world will delight in this gift choice.
Adopt an Egg and count on us to do our part to keep it incubated and monitored until a tiny chick emerges.
It’s been recorded that the South African population of the African penguin has declined by around 5,000 breeding pairs since 2012 and our interventions are needed more than ever.
With the support of our Penguin and Seabird Rangers on the ground at the penguin colonies, we are able to closely monitor nests and quickly rescue eggs. Eggs are rescued when in unsafe nesting areas and when excessive heat causes heat stress in the parent birds resulting in the abandonment of the eggs.
The daily monitoring by Rangers is enabled by successful partnerships with the Environmental Management Department of the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning and Environment Directorate, CapeNature, South African National Parks (SANParks), Robben Island Museum and the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET). We are proud to share that SANCCOB’s 2019 release rate of hand-reared African penguin chicks was at an incredible 87% and it’s all made possible by the support we receive and we thank you.
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
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.
SANCCOB is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of seabird rehabilitation. We treat 2500 injured, sick and oiled seabirds annually.
Our specialist chick rearing unit saves African penguin eggs and chicks that have been abandoned, for subsequent release back into the wild.
Oiled Wildlife Preparedness & Response
SANCCOB works with various stakeholders to ensure authorities take appropriate preparedness action to mitigate oil spill risks off the South African coastline and responds to oiled marine wildlife.
We offer various engaging lessons for children and adults, including tours of the facilities, presentations and encounters with our Ambassador penguins.
We offer 3 and 6 month internships for adults, as well as a zoo and aquarium keeper exchange programme and veterinary experience courses.
Ongoing research increases our understanding of seabird species’ behaviour, diseases and other factors that impact on their long-term survival.
Penguin & Seabird Rangers
SANCCOB employs conservation staff in colonies in the Western Cape that are under the protection of conservation authorities to monitor seabirds, nests and habitats, and support critical research.
HOW TO HELP
FOUND A BIRD?
Call 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.
Tel: +27 (0)21 557 6155
Tel: +27 (0) 78 638 3731 (after hours & weekends)
Tel: +27 (0)41 583 1830
Tel: +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