SANCCOB’s Penguin and Seabird Rangers initiative is in partnership with various South African nature conservation management authorities, including CapeNature, South African National Parks (SANParks), Robben Island Museum, Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) and the Environmental Management Department, which is part of the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning and Environment Directorate.
SANCCOB deploys a total of eight conservation staff in colonies in the Western Cape that are under the protection of conservation authorities, i.e. the Simon’s Town colony, the Stony Point colony in Betty’s Bay, as well as Robben Island and Bird Island (Algoa Bay).
With the most recent appointment of a Penguin and Seabird Ranger on Bird Island, SANCCOB now has a presence in Algoa Bay on two important breeding islands as the ranger will monitor St Croix Island too. Together, the islands account for over 45% of the total African penguin population in South Africa. Bird Island is also home to South Africa’s largest colony of Cape gannets (also an endangered seabird species). Both islands fall within the recently declared Addo Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The SANCCOB Penguin and Seabird Rangers carry out the following:
- Rescue injured, oiled or abandoned penguins and seabirds
- Conduct moult counts of African penguins and participate in other seabird censuses
- Maintains infrastructure, equipment and the natural vegetation at the colonies
- Assists with monitoring seabirds
- Data collection and other research activities led by the SANCCOB Research Manager.
CLICK HERE to watch a video (courtesy of Artis) on SANCCOB’s on-the-ground penguin conservation efforts offers a glimpse into the work being undertaken every day to save these iconic seabirds.
CLICK HERE to donate to the ranger project.