Penguins for adoption

Adopt a Home Pen Penguin – R1000

Adopt one of the penguins below and help cover the cost of providing
an excellent quality of life for birds that cannot be released back into the wild.
You are welcome to schedule a visit with ‘your’ penguin during normal working hours.

Cape Town Centre Home Pen


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 he can't swim fast enough to evade danger or catch fish in the wild. Flipper now lives permanently at SANCCOB and has happily partnered with Jaeger.


Rocky is a Northern Rockhopper penguin found in Struisbaai.

These birds live in the sub Antarctic on Marion and Gough Islands. Rocky was either caught in the Benguela current or brought to our shores by a ship. She cannot be released because she could carry diseases endemic to South African seabirds back to her colony.


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 would not be able to catch fish in the wild and would struggle to survive. She is better off at SANCCOB, where she and her partner, Milo, live happily together.


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 loving nature made him imprint on his human caretakers, despite the utmost care taken to minimise interaction, and he would struggle to survive in the wild. Steve is now a SANCCOB ambassador for our environmental education programmes.


Stubby was brought to SANCCOB 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!

She would not be able to survive in the wild, as she is 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 found in Hout Bay with breathing difficulties and the end of 2015. While recovering at the centre, she unfortunately became imprinted on her human caretakers despite the utmost care taken to minimise 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, after having been found covered in oil at the Waterfront. She was very weak but made a full recovery.

With her striking features, Princess is our 'poster girl'. She often has her picture taken for magazines and features in stories in the press and on other media.

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


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 treated, and he would struggle to survive in the wild. As a result, he lives permanently at SANCCOB.

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


Skipper was found in 2014 by a group of kayakers who were paddling around Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town. She followed them around for a long time and eventually became exhausted, so they picked her up. 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 our only resident Bank cormorant. She was brought from Robben Island as an egg in 2015, and was successfully hatched and reared in our CRU.

We are 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.

Cape St Francis Centre Home Pen


Batmann was admitted to our Cape St Francis centre in 2013 after being severely oiled. Apart from being in desperate need of intensive rehabilitation, we soon realised that Batmann is also blind.

Owing to his disability he will never be able to fend for himself in the wild and is safer in our permanent care. He is quite happy with his partner, Penelope, in SANCCOB’s 5 star hotel.


Oliver was rescued in the summer of 2010 with a bite wound to his oesophagus, which required specialised veterinary care and rehabilitation.

While he has recovered, if released back into the wild he would have difficulty catching fish, owing to his injury, and he would also be vulnerable to predation. At SANCCOB, Oliver has partnered with Gigi and they have a happy life together.


Penelope was rescued from Plettenberg Bay in 2016. She was unable to walk and it was suspected that she had suffered a head trauma. Part of her rehabilitation was spent in a walking ring.

She made a full recovery but unfortunately became so tame that she would struggle to survive in the wild. She has partnered with Batmann, another resident penguin in Cape St Francis.


Gigi was found by members of the public in November 2010. She had been attacked by a dog and suffered several open wounds and a dislocated hip. Her hip never fully recovered and this would put her at risk of not surviving in the wild.

She is now our hip-hop Gigi and lives permanently at our Cape St Francis centre with her partner, Oliver, who loves her just the way she is.


Eldebbo was a juvenile when she was rescued by SANParks on Bird Island in the summer of 2013. She had lost sight in her left eye and, as with any wild animal, would struggle to defend herself or catch fish with this disability.

Despite the utmost care taken to minimise human-penguin interaction, she became tame and is better off with her fellow seabirds in the care of our Cape St Francis centre.

Port Elizabeth Centre Home Pen


Arthur was a juvenile when he was rescued on Maitland Beach in the Eastern Cape. He was very weak and could not stand when first admitted to our Port Elizabeth centre.

Arthur used to swim on his back, so he couldn’t hunt for fish. Once he finally learned to swim correctly, he had become too tame to return to the wild so now he’s a permanent resident. Arthur is crazy about Poncho and they have been mates for many years.


Lindsey was rescued at Schoenmakerskop on a Summer afternoon and admitted to SANCCOB with a severe injury to the head, as well as a bad parasite infection.

A full recovery followed but unfortunately left Lindsey completely blind in one eye, and returning to the wild is not viable because hunting for fish and fighting off predators will be very difficult. At our PE Home Pen, Lindsey has a happy home.


Carter was found in Port Alfred with a huge wound on her back – yes, Carter is a girl!

SANCCOB’s team was dedicated to healing Carter, but the feathers never grew back over her scar. In the ocean, this would be life-threatening, because there's no insulation against the cold. Water in our resident pools is much warmer than the ocean.

Carter now has a handsome fella in her life named De Souza.


Harry was found on a beach in Vleesbaai, Mossel Bay. He had been attacked by a predator and bitten on his flipper and leg.

He was treated at a penguin facility close to where he was found but his flipper has never fully healed.

Because Harry is no longer a strong swimmer, he cannot return to the wild. But he has a lot more mates to hang out with in SANCCOB PE’s Home Pen, especially the love of his life, Tutu.


Tutu was rescued on a beach at Cannon Rocks in the peak of summer 2013. She was frail and blind in one eye.

In SANCCOB’s care, Tutu was rehabilitated and regained her strength - but having sight in one eye only was the determining factor in the decision to keep her in our Home Pen. Impaired vision is a risk to Tutu’s survival in the wild and staying in our care resulted in meeting Harry, the love of her life.


Miena was found at Flat Rocks beach in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth in September 2015. He was admitted with an injured flipper and weighed a meagre 1.26kg.

Being underweight is the cause of Miena's inability to swim well and fast to catch fish as other penguins do. He is strong and healthy, but still not a good enough swimmer so the centre has become his home – fish is on the house and swimming is just for fun.


De Souza was found on Hobie Beach and admitted to SANCCOB with a big wound on his back.

While his wound healed after specialised veterinary treatment and rehabilitation in our care, his feathers didn't grow back properly over the scarred area, and so he isn’t 100% fit for release back to the wild – the ocean is just too cold to endure.

Luckily for him, life is sweet with his partner, Carter.


Barbara was in a state of arrested moult and sadly stranded on a beach in Bluewater Bay. Arrested moult is a vulnerable stage for a penguin because, without waterproof feathers, swimming and hunting for fish is impossible.

Unfortunately, Barbara’s waterproof feathers did not completely grow and it was decided that she would survive longer in our Home Pen. Lucky for her, Barbara found Mojo and they are a happy pair indeed.


Sandy was found at Knysna Beach and admitted to SANCCOB as a juvenile in poor condition. She was weak and suffered with a worrisome chest infection and our rehabilitation team worked very hard to save her.

Sandy made a full recovery but her prolonged illness resulted in an extended stay at our PE centre and she’s a little less feisty now. The best place for her is in our Home Pen and she’s happy amongst the others.