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come and help clean, feed and care for penguins
and other recovering seabirds


'Adopt' a penguin

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our home pen or adopt
an egg or chick undergoing
rehabilitation for release
back into the wild


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rom now until the end of January – just after the breeding season – about 300 African penguin chicks will be brought to SANCCOB to be hand-reared after being abandoned by the parent birds.

We’ll do our best to save every one – with only 25 000 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 R700, 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 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 old enough, it will be released
back into the wild where it belongs.

But you will enjoy the privilege of playing a special part in saving its life. And although you won’t be able to visit your penguin during rehabilitation, or track its movements after release, if you’re ever near Boulders Beach or Betty’s Bay, you may very well spot your penguin enjoying the life and freedom you’ve helped to give it!

This is what makes adopting a penguin in their name
such a great gift for kids! Apart from the fun and excitement
of catching sight of ‘their’ bird in the wild,
it teaches them the value of protecting wildlife
in its natural habitat.

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 R500, R250, or any amount towards the cost of rescuing and rehabilitating an abandoned chick. With so many being brought to our seabird rehabilitation centres each week, every donation makes a difference and is highly appreciated.

African penguin
Penguin adoptions make the perfect green gift for nature-loving children and adults who are conscious about the environment.


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.


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.


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.


SANCCOB Research

SANCCOB Research SANCCOB is not only leading in seabird rehabilitation in southern Africa but is also involved in a number…

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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.

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

+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