Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

More rehabilitated penguins released

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-10-56-36-am Another 72 rehabilitated African penguins have been released back into their colony in St Croix Island following the recent oil spill in Algoa Bay.

This is the second group of penguins released by SANCCOB and SANParks after the oil spill that occurred in late August 2016. A total of 92 oiled African penguins and 61 penguin chicks were admited to our Cape St Francis Centre with help of SANParks and the NSRI.

Juanita Raath, SANCCOB’s Rehabilitation Coordinator in the Eastern Cape, said, “We are extremely happy to release such a big group of penguins back into the wild and give these individuals a second chance at life. With the current South African population numbers at just over 19 000 breeding pairs, saving each individual penguin is crucial to the survival of the species. We are thankful to all the partners involved in making this a successful rescue operation and to all the volunteers and supporters for standing side-by-side with us throughout the rehabilitation process.”

September 19, 2016

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