Rehabiliated penguins released

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Rehabilitated penguins released after Algoa Bay oil spill

The first group of African penguins, rehabilitated after being oiled in a spill in Algoa Bay on 16 August, have been released back into the wild by SANCCOB staff and SANParks Marine Rangers from the Addo Elephant National Park

After spending about three weeks being cleaned, dried and rehydrated at our Cape St Francis Centre, 14 of the 92 oiled penguins were approved for release and transported back to their colony at St Croix Island on 6 September.

Juanita Raath, SANCCOB’s Rehabilitation Coordinator in the Eastern Cape, said,

“We are very happy with the progress of the birds released today. They are healthy, their feathers are waterproof and their blood tests are clear. The remaining birds at the centre are also showing positive signs of recovery and are most likely to be released in the next two to three weeks.”