VISIT OUR SEABIRD REHABILITATION CENTRES
ANCCOB’s Cape Town and Port Elizabeth centres offer informative tours that are fun and educational for all ages and interests. Whether you wish to learn, watch a penguin waddle along, hear a seabird squawk, entertain visiting loved ones or are interested in a career in conservation, there is something for everyone to experience at our facilities.
SANCCOB CAPE TOWN
- Tours are every hour on the hour starting at 09h00 and last commencing at 15h00.
- Bookings in Cape Town are preferred to avoid disappointment. Walk-ins are nonetheless welcome but please be patient if you need to wait for a new tour group.
- Adults at R60; Kids 12 years and under at R50; Senior Citizens at R40
- A guided tour behind the scenes throughout the facility and varies from 45 minutes to one hour
- Our kids tour will not venture into every specialized area and varies from 30-45 minutes, offering activities such as colouring in, touching a taxidermy, dressing up in a penguin suit and learning the penguin waddle, as well as looking at slides and preserved organs (optional).
- We offer a personalised and in-depth tour with an exclusive meet and greet opportunity with specialised staff. This tour includes an encounter with an ambassador penguin and viewing of an autopsy or surgical procedure, for a maximum group of three people from 16 years of age. Duration is approximately 2.5 hours and priced at R500 per person.
*Please note that booking is essential
SANCCOB PORT ELIZABETH
During our emergency response to oiled seabirds affected by the oil spill in Algoa Bay, our Port Elizabeth centre will temporarily be closed for public tours and school group visits until further notice. We have all hands on deck to wash oiled seabirds and provide urgent medical attention to stabilise them. Read more here.
- Adults at R45; Senior Citizens and Kids 12 years and under at R30
- Based at the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, our Port Elizabeth centre offers self-guided tours and encourages visitors to watch the feeding of Home Pen birds at 09h00 and 14h45 daily. Please call 041 583 1830 for more information.
Environmental education experiences are designed to highlight our conservation message. Our educators work with you to develop the best learning experience for your class, either at SANCCOB, a local beach or your school. We offer many interesting and engaging lessons, including tours of the facility, encounters with our ambassador birds, bird watching and beach clean-ups. A full break down of currently available SANCCOB lessons is available on request.
Call our Education team on 021 557 6155 or email email@example.com.
EDUCATIONAL TALKS AND LECTURES
We’ll bring our Informative and entertaining presentations to your church, library, retirement village, business premises, etc. When booking, be sure to let us know which aspects of our work are of particular interest to you so that we can include these in the presentation.
Book with our Education Team on 021 557 6155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SANCCOB’s Education Department offers 30-minute Skype sessions to learners across the globe, and includes a penguin adoption for the group. Each session entails an interactive lesson on African Penguins, seabirds, and marine conservation, as well as a virtual encounter with an African Penguin in SANCCOB’s care.
Enquire with Alex at email@example.com to book or call +27 21 557 6155.
Experience a penguin party with a difference. Host your birthday party at SANCCOB in Port Elizabeth – or have us come out to you.
Call 041 583 1830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for attention of PE centre.
Health assessments, blood parasites and diseases
- A novel candidate species of Anaplasma that infects avian erythrocytes (Vanstreels
RET, Yablsey MJ, Parsons NJ, Swanepoel L, Pistorius PA (2018). Parasites and
- Spread of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in sub-Saharan Africa:
epidemiological and ecological observations. Focus On. FAO No 12 (Khomenko S,
Abolnik C, Roberts L, Waller L, Shaw K, Monne I, Taylor J, Dhingra M, Pittiglio C,
Mugyeom M, Roche X, Frederick K, Kamata A, Okuthe S, Kone P, Wiersma L, von Dobschuetz S, Soumare B, Makonnen Y, Morzaria S, Lubroth J (2018) 2016-2018
- Molecular characterization of Babesia peircei and Babesia ugwidiensis provides insight into the ecolution and host specific of avian piroplasmids (Yabsley, MJ, Vanstreels, RET, Shock, BC, Purdee, M, Horne, EC, Peirce, MA & Parsons, NJ. 2017)
- Conservation implications of avian malaria exposure for African penguins during rehabilitation (Botes, A, Thiart, H, Parsons, NJ & Bellstedt, DU. 2017)
- Novel vagrant records and occurrence of vector-borne pathogens in king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) in South Africa (Parsons, NJ, Gous, TA, Cranfield, MR, Cheng, LI, Schultz, A, Horne, E, Last, RP, Lampen, F, Ludynia, K, Bousfield, B, Strauss, V, Peirce, MA & Vanstreels, RET. 2017)
- Seabird disease surveillance guidelines (Nola Parsons)
- Southern African Seabird Colony Disease Risk Assessment (Nola Parsons)
- Occurrence of blood parasites in seabirds admitted for rehabilitation in the Western Cape, South Africa, 2001–2013 (Parsons, NJ, Voogt, NM, Schaefer, AM, Peirce, MA & Vanstreels, RET. 2017)
- Health evaluation of African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) in southern Africa (Parsons, NJ, Gous, TA, Schaefer, AM & Vanstreels, RET. 2016)
- Herpesvirus-like respiratory infection in African penguins Spheniscus demersus admitted to a rehabilitation centre (Parsons, NJ, Gous, TA, van Wilpe, E, Strauss, V & Vanstreels, RET. 2015)
- Establishment of baseline haematology and biochemistry parameters in wild adult African penguins (Parsons, NJ, Schaefer, AM, van der Spuy, SD & Gous, TA. 2015)
- Lead and Cadmium in the Blood of Nine Species of Seabirds, Marion Island, South Africa (Summers, CF, Bowerman, WW, Parsons, NJ, Chao, WY & Bridges, WC Jr. 2014)
- Babesia ugwidiensis, a new species of avian piroplasm from Phalacrocoracidae in South Africa. Parasite 19, 375–379 (Peirce, MA & Parsons, NJ. 2012)
- Novel relapsing fever Borrelia detected in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) admitted to two rehabilitation centers in South Africa (Yabsley, MJ, Parsons, NJ, Horne, EC, Shock, BC & Purdee, M. 2012)
- New species of haematozoa in Phalacrocoracidae and Stercorariidae in South Africa (Parsons, NJ, Peirce, MA & Strauss, V. 2010)
- Plasmodium juxtanucleare causing mortality in black-footed penguins (Spheniscus demersus) at a rehabilitation center (Grim, KC, Van der Merwe, E, Sullivan, M, Parsons, NJ, McCutchan, TF & Cranfield, MR. 2003)
- First report of a hatched, hand-reared, and released African oystercatcher. Zoo Biology.
(Klusener R, Hurtado R, Stander N, Parsons NJ (2018)
- Hand-rearing, release and survival of African penguin chicks abandoned before independence by moulting parents (Sherley, RB, Waller, LJ, Strauss, V, Geldenhuys, D, Underhill, LG & Parsons, NJ. 2014)
- Female-biased mortality of African penguins admitted to a rehabilitation facility (Pichegru, L & Parsons, NJ. 2014)
- Feather-loss Disorder in African and Magellanic Penguins (Kane, OJ, Smith, JR, Boersma, PD, Parsons, NJ, Strauss, V, Garcia-Borboroglu, P & Villanueva, C. 2010)
- The rehabilitation of Swift Terns Sterna bergii incapacitated by marine foam on Robben Island, South Africa (Parsons, NJ, Tjørve, KMC, Underhill, LG & Strauss, V. 2006)
- The conservation status and impact of oiling on the African Penguin In: Nel, DC & Whittington, PA (eds). Rehabilitation of oiled African Penguins: a conservation success story. BirdLife South Africa and the Avian demography Unit, Cape Town, South Africa. pp. 1–7 (Nel, DC, Crawford, RJM & Parsons, NJ. 2003)
African penguins in the wild
- A three-legged African penguin Spheniscus demersus. Marine Ornithology 46: 23-26 (Vanstreels RET, Parsons NJ, Pistorius PA. 2018)
- Nasal mites (Mesostigmata: Rhinonyssidae) in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus).
Parasitology. (Vanstreels RET, Proctor H, Snyman A, Hurtado R, Ludynia K, Parsons NJ, Pistorius PA. 2018)
- Prognostic indicators of rehabilitation outcomes for adult African penguins (Parsons, N.J., Vanstreels, R.E.T., Schaefer, A.M. 2018)
- Tangled and drowned: A global review of penguin bycatch in fisheries. Endangered
Species Research 34:373-396 (Crawford R, Ellenberg U, Frere E, Hagen C, Baird K, Brewin P, Crofts S, Glass J, Mattern T, Pompert J, Ross K, Kemper J, Ludynia K, Sherley RB, Steinfurth A, Suazo C, Yorio P, Tamini L, Mangel J, Bugoni L, Jimenez-Uzcategui G, Simeone A, Luna-Jorquera G, Gandini P, Woehler E, Pütz K, Dann P, Chiaradia A, Small C. 2017)
- Metapopulation tracking juvenile penguins reveals an ecosystem-wide ecological trap (Sherley, RB, Ludynia, K, Dyer, B, Makhado, A, Lamont, T, Makhado, AB, Roux, JP, Scales, KL, Underhill, LG & Votier, SC. 2017)
- Sex determination of African penguins Spheniscus demersus using bill measurements: method comparisons and implications for use (Robinson, KJ, Farah, D, Collins, S & Parsons, NJ. 2016)
- Penguins’ perilous conservation status calls for complementary approach based on sound ecological principles: reply to Butterworth et al. (2015) (Weller, F, Sherley, RB, Shannon, LJ, Jarre, A, Stewart, T, Scott, L, Cecchini, LA, Crawford, RJM, Geldenhuys, D, Ludynia, K & Waller, LJ. 2016)
- System dynamics modelling of the Endangered African penguin populations on Robben and Dyer islands, South Africa (Weller, F, Sherley, RB, Waller, LJ, Ludynia, K, Geldenhuys, D, Shannon, LJ & Jarre, A. 2016)
- Processes influencing the population dynamics and conservation of African penguins at Dyer Island, South Africa (Ludynia, K, Waller, L, Sherley, R, Abadi, F, Galada, Y, Geldenhuys, D, Crawford, RJM, Shannon, LJ & Jarre A. 2014)
- Age-specific survival and movement among major African penguin colonies (Sherley, RB, Abadi, F, Ludynia, K, Barham, BJ, Clark, AE & Altwegg, R. 2014)
- The initial journey of an endangered penguin: implications for seabird conservation (Sherley, R, Ludynia, K, Lamont, T, Roux, J-P, Crawford, RJM & Underhill LG. 2013)
- The Namibian Islands’ Marine Protected Area: using seabird tracking data to define boundaries and assess their adequacy (Ludynia, K, Kemper, J & Roux, J-P. 2012)
- Surviving off junk: Low-energy prey dominates the diet of African penguins Spheniscus demersus at Mercury Island, Namibia, between 1996 and 2009 (Ludynia, K, Roux, J-P, Jones, R, Kemper, J & Underhill, LG. 2010)
Other seabirds (and coastal birds) in southern Africa
- Storms and heat limit the nest success of Bank Cormorants: implications of future climate change for a surface-nesting seabird in southern Africa (Sherley, R, Ludynia, K, Underhill, LG, Jones, R & Kemper, J. 2012)
- Geographic variation in the trophic ecology of an avian rocky shore predator, the African Black Oystercatcher along the southern African coastline (Kohler, SA, Connan, M, Hill, JM, Mablouké, C, Bonnevie, B, Ludynia, K, Kemper, J, Huisamen, J, Underhill, LG, Cherel, Y, McQuaid, CD & Jaquemet, S. 2011)
- Foraging behaviour of bank cormorants in Namibia: implications for conservation (Ludynia, K, Jones, R, Kemper, J, Garthe, S & Underhill, LG. 2010)
- Monitoring seabirds in the BCLME – Data collection manual. In: SP Kirkman (ed.) Final Report of the BCLME (Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem) Project on Top Predators as Biological Indicators of Ecosystem Change in the BCLME (Kemper, J, Braby, J, Dyer, B, James, J, Jones, R, Ludynia, K, Mullers, R, Roux, J.-P, Underhill, L & Wolfaardt, A. 2007)