‘Adopt’ and name a wild penguin – or
choose one of our home pen birds which
live permanently at SANCCOB because they
cannot survive
in the wild …

Adopt a penguin for R600 (email pack) or R700 (postal pack*)

You will receive:

  • Certificate of adoption with photographs and brief history of ‘your’ penguins
  • ‘I adopted a penguin’ sticker for your window (Postal Packs only)
  •  Letter of thanks from ‘your’ bird

* Please note the turnaround time for delivery is estimated at 3-4 weeks, but can take up to a maximum of 2 months.


Help save this highly endangered species by ‘adopting’ a penguin today.

SANCCOB’s adoption programme is a pay-it-forward system. You make a donation towards our work by adopting and naming an African penguin that has, or will be, rehabilitated and released back into the wild by our dedicated staff.

Your donation helps cover the cost of fish, medication, water and other essentials. Because SANCCOB’s objective is to release as many of our rescued seabirds back into the wild as possible, you will not be able to visit or view ‘your’ penguin during rehabilitation, or track its movements after release.

You will however play a vital role in saving an African penguin … and give your adopted bird the chance to live a natural life in the wild, where it belongs.

Aside from your adoption certificate and thank you letter, any merchandise accompanying any of our adoption packages should be considered a small token of our appreciation for your donation and contribution towards our rehabilitation work.

Adopt a penguin egg for R300

Adopt an African penguin egg that has been hatched at SANCCOB. After hatching, the chick is cared for until it is ready to be released into the wild. You will receive:

  • Certificate of adoption
  • Two O-FISH-ALLY awesome SANCCOB screensavers


Adopt one of the penguins below and help us to maintain and provide an excellent quality of life for birds that cannot be released back into the wild.
You are welcome to visit ‘your’ penguin at our Cape Town seabird rescue centre.


Flipper was brought to SANCCOB in 2003 from Dyer Island. He was very weak, emaciated and had a large wound under his flipper.

After nearly two weeks in ICU and weeks of physiotherapy to try and restore full movement to the flipper, we knew that the damage was permanent and Flipper could not survive in the wild. In 2005, he and Beauty reared their first chick and followed with their second in 2006.


Rocky was found in a boat in Struisbaai and brought to SANCCOB in January 2009 as a juvenile Northern Rockhopper penguin.

These birds live in the sub Antarctic on Marion Island – Rocky was either caught in the Benguela current or brought here by a ship. She lives permanently at SANCCOB because she could potentially carry diseases endemic to South African seabirds back to her colony, with disastrous results.


Flo became a permanent resident in Home Pen during the late 1990´s. She was deemed non releasable as result of movement problems in her right shoulder joint.

In 2002, Flo found a partner in Fluffy but since their break-up in 2007, Flo has been happily engaged to Sandals.


Covered in oil when she arrived from Dassen island in the late 1990´s, Jill never made a full recovery. She suffered from chronic anaemia and struggled to maintain an appropriate weight. 

Oil is toxic and can cause lasting damage to birds if they ingest it as they try to clean their feathers. Jill recovered slowly in Home Pen until she found Jack, with whom she successfully reared 2 penguin chicks.  Sadly Jack passed away in 2007.