Animal Professional Experience

If you are an employee of an AZA, EAZA or similarly accredited institution we’d love to have you join us to learn and help on-site, especially during our busiest months.

All aquarists, penguin and seabird keepers, veterinarians, animal trainers, curatorial and education staff from zoos, aquariums and bird parks from around the world are invited to apply. Participants will work closely with the SANCCOB team to care for sick, injured and abandoned African penguins and seabirds.

The programme is hosted throughout the year, excluding July, August and September months. Weather permitting, you’ll also be able to join the life changing experience of being able to release one of these beautiful birds back into the wild at one of the penguin colonies. The duration of the programme is two weeks. Accommodation, flights and food is excluded; however, we have a list of great places to stay that we can recommend in the area, within walking distance of the centre. Should you have any questions or you’d like to receive more information, please email us at We’re looking forward to hearing from you.