Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

Get involved

Whether you donate time, talent, items or cash, you can make a difference to the survival of the endangered African penguin and other seabirds in distress

Become a Member

Add your voice to marine conservation by joining SANCCOB’s membership programme.

When you register as a member, your annual fee entitles you to voting rights at SANCCOB’S Annual General Meetings, and you’ll receive an official Membership Certificate. Other benefits include regular updates via electronic newsletters and an annual tour for two at any of our centres in the Western or Eastern Cape regions of South Africa.

To register as a SANCCOB member, contact us at or call +27 21 557 6155.

*Junior Membership does not include voting rights.

Category Annual Fee
Corporate membership
R3 200
Junior membership*
Regular membership
(Increase to R350 from 1 April 2022) R300
Senior Citizen R160



f we want our children to live in a world inhabited by iconic species such as the African penguin, we need to plan now for their survival. That’s why – after you have made provision for your loved ones in your Will – we ask you to consider adding SANCCOB as a beneficiary.

Leaving a legacy to a charitable organisation is a popular tradition among people of vision, and may be something you would find worth considering. When our founder, Mrs. Althea Westphal, started SANCCOB out of her garage, she could never have imagined that her legacy would live on to become a world renowned seabird institution.

In the same way, you have the power to make a lasting impact on the way our world will look in generations to come – simply by including SANCCOB in your Will.

A dear supporter of SANCCOB, shares his reason for leaving a bequest to SANCCOB: “At this point in my life and career, I have been looking at worthy recipients for part of my estate. No matter which organizations I investigate, I consistently return to SANCCOB. They are an incredible stakeholder in the efforts to maintain the wild population of African penguins. Through their tireless work, I feel that they will succeed. For this reason, I have decided to invest in SANCCOB’s future by leaving them a planned gift from my estate. The coastal waters of South Africa would never be the same without the charming African penguin. I encourage everyone to designate a planned gift for SANCCOB. It will be money well placed!”
Steven J. Sarro: Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and African Penguin Species Survival Plan Coordinator in the United States)

Bequests of money and possessions such as a motor vehicle, real estate, antiques, jewellery and artworks can all be put to great use in helping to conserve our precious seabird species – as can a percentage of your estate, the residue [what’s left after all your other beneficiaries have received their share] or the proceeds of a Life Assurance Policy.

Charitable bequests are tax deductible and may lead to a reduction in estate duty. Please talk to your financial advisor about the legal aspects of making a bequest to SANCCOB, or contact us for more information.

If you already have a Will and would like to add a bequest to SANCCOB, this may be done by means of a simple codicil.

Although your Will is a private matter, if you have already made a bequest to SANCCOB, we would really appreciate you letting us know – so we may thank you for your generosity and help you plan how your gift will be used. If the bequest is a substantial one, there may be an opportunity for public acknowledgement at our centre.

Please contact us on 021 557 6155 or email us at


Our wish list contains items that, when donated, reduces our operational costs. Below is a snapshot of some of our two centres’ needs and you can VIEW THE FULL WISH LIST HERE.

In 2022, we hope to acquire an additional vehicle at SANCCOB Cape Town such as a minivan or single cab to improve our rescue operations to collect and release seabirds, and accommodate rehabilitation staff during transport. Please email if you can assist with sponsorship or refer us to a company that can assist.

To donate any of these items, please get in touch with Tonia Wyngaard at or make a donation towards the purchase of Wish List Items.

Join our Pennies for Penguins Fundraising Campaign

We’re asking penguin lovers all over the world to start their own fundraising campaign to help save the endangered African penguin.

Run a race, host a cake sale or fundraising dinner, sell your art, or cycle to work for a month and get family and friends to sponsor each kilometre. If you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, ask friends and family to support your fundraiser instead of buying a gift.

Set up your campaign on GivenGain in just a few minutes. Givengain is a safe and secure platform where your supporters can donate to your campaign from anywhere in the world. Every cent raised will go towards SANCCOB’s rehabilitation and conservation work in aid of the endangered African penguin and other seabirds.

Share your activities on social media and tag SANCCOB in your tweets and posts to boost your fundraising success.

Check out our video for some fun ideas of how to get involved!