SANCCOB’s Virtual Penguin Run of 2021

African penguins are part of our heritage in South Africa; they need our support and they need YOU! In 2020 we launched our very first Virtual Penguin Run and it’s going to be our annual initiative to connect with our global supporters.

Join Us!

In South Africa, we celebrate Heritage Day annually on 24 September and we invite everyone to show their solidarity and get behind us in our quest to save the African penguin. You can run, walk, switch on your treadmill, or waddle a 5km distance on 24 September wherever you are in the world. Do this in your best black and white or penguin-themed outfit and stand a chance of being one of ten lucky participants to receive a penguin adoption where you can name one of the iconic feathered birds in our care.


All you need to do is post your photo on Facebook and/or Instagram and tag SANCCOB using hashtag #VirtualPenguinRun2021 or send your visuals to by midnight GMT+2 on 24 September 2021. Find SANCCOB on Facebook at or on Instagram @SANCCOB. The more participants we have, the more penguin bellies will be fed, so encourage everyone you know to donate just R50 each to be a part of this initiative.

Donate your R50 here and select ‘Virtual Penguin Run’ from the list of projects then start planning your outfit.


All funds raised go toward SANCCOB’s conservation work. Since 2014, Algoa Bay penguin colonies in the Eastern Cape have lost more than 70% of their breeding birds. The Western Cape population, historically the strong hold of the species, is also suffering a 10% loss per annum and a recent census has revealed that there are just over 10,000 breeding pairs left in the wild in South Africa. If the current population decline continues, the African Penguin could be functionally extinct on South Africa’s west coast in 14 years. This means that there will be too few penguins in the wild to maintain sustainable population levels.

Every bird counts and we’re counting on you! Help SANCCOB save seabirds!