‘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 rescued from Dyer Island, Gansbaai in 2003. He was very weak, emaciated and had a large wound under his flipper, most likely from a seal bite.

His flipper never fully recovered and this would put him at risk in the wild. Flipper now lives permanently at SANCCOB and has happily partnered with Jaeger.


Norbert was found as a chick nesting in an unsafe area outside the Boulders Beach colony. The vet noticed that he had an oedema in his eye that could not be fixed. As a result, he now lives at SANCCOB.

Norbert has a unique double black band on his chest. Since moulting in December 2016, he has paired with Stubby.


Originally from the Eastern Cape, Flo became a permanent resident in Home Pen during the late 1990´s.

Because of an injury to her right shoulder joint, she cannot go back into the wild because she would struggle to catch fish. At SANCCOB, Flo has partnered with Milo and they live happily together.


Jill came to SANCCOB from Dassen Island in the late 1990´s, covered in oil.

Oil is toxic and can cause lasting damage to birds if they ingest it when they try to clean their feathers. Unfortunately this is what happened to Jill; she never made a full recovery and now lives in Home Pen with partner Lambert.


Steve arrived from Simon’s Town in 2015 as a juvenile. He was weak and had a chest infection, but made a full recovery.

Unfortunately his extensive stay at SANCCOB and his loving nature made him imprint on his human caretakers, despite the utmost care taken to minimise human-penguin interaction. He would struggle to survive in the wild and hunt for his own food. Steve is now a SANCCOB ambassador and is involved in our various environmental education programs.


Stubby was brought in to SANNCOB as an abandoned chick from Simon’s Town. She had injuries on her back assumed to be caused by a cat. As she grew, her flippers remained short but what she lacks in flipper she makes up for in heart!

In the wild, she would not be able to survive, as she would be too slow to catch fish or to escape from a seal. But at a five-star penguin hotel, the fish is brought to you! Stubby’s quirky partner is Norbert.


Nona was admitted to SANCCOB at the end of 2015 from Hout Bay with some breathing difficulties. While recovering at the centre, she unfortunately became imprinted on her human caretakers despite the utmost care taken to minimise human-penguin interaction.

Penguins that have become too acclimatised to humans struggle to adapt in the wild and hunt for their own food. Nona is now a proud ambassador penguin who specialises in old age home visits due to her gentle nature.


Princess came to SANCCOB as a juvenile African penguin, after having been found at the Waterfront looking weak and covered in oil.

Her name is very apt, since she is a bit of a diva and very demanding of attention.

With her striking features, Princess is often featured in magazine stories and other media.


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

These birds live in the sub Antarctic on islands like Marion and Gough Island. She was either caught in the Benguela current or brought to our shores 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.


Skipper was admitted in 2014 by a group of kayakers who were paddling around Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town. She had been following them around for a very long time and eventually got picked up by the kayakers after she got exhausted. She had no major injuries but clearly had a love for humans.

Skipper is now a proud ambassador penguin for SANCCOB and helps raise much-needed awareness about her endangered species. She is happily paired with Syd.


Syd came to SANCCOB from Lambert’s Bay as a juvenile with a fractured beak.

Penguins with beak problems struggle to catch fish in the wild, so Syd was placed in Home Pen. He moulted into a handsome adult in January 2016, and stole Skipper’s heart. When African penguins are paired, they will often clean one another’s feathers with their beaks. Due to Syd missing part of his bottom beak, he doesn’t preen as much as poke Skipper, but she still enjoys the attention.


Ebony is SANCCOB’s only resident Bank cormorant that was brought to SANCCOB from Robben Island as an egg in 2015. She was hatched and successfully reared in our CRU.

SANCCOB is hoping to use Ebony as part of our Bank cormorant breeding project to bolster population numbers. Bank cormorants only occur along the west coast of Southern Africa. They have been endangered since 2004, with their numbers continuing to decline.