254 birds admitted in good care at SANCCOB

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Since the spill, SANCCOB has admitted a total of 219 oiled, endangered African penguins, 2 oiled Cape Gannets, 33 penguin chicks and 3 eggs that were abandoned as a result of their parents being oiled. The oil slick was drifting in Table Bay, which is one of the main feeding grounds for seabirds from Robben Island and the West Coast National Park, but aerial surveillance reports indicated that much of the oil seen leaking from the vessel had been cleared up.

 

 

From 5-19 September 2012 all the 221 oiled seabirds were washed by SANCCOB’s dedicated staff and volunteers and together with the 30 chicks and the eggs are currently undergoing rehabilitation at SANCCOB’s centre. Two of eggs have hatched in SANCCOB’s Chick Rearing Unit while one was deemed not viable. All of the birds are in a very good condition and are responding well to the rehabilitation process. The first group of birds will be released next week after they have been given the final nod-of-approval from our veterinary team.

What We Do

SANCCOB is at the forefront of saving African penguins and other threatened seabirds.  It never takes a day off and its rehabilitation team is on 24-hour call.

SANCCOB deploys its specialist emergency response skills in Africa, the Indian Ocean region, Antarctica and Sub-Antarctic. Through its training academy it equips people to work in the environmental sector; and a passion to instill pride and knowledge about marine conservation drives its education programmes.

SANCCOB is a leader in seabird disease research.

LATEST AFRICAN PENGUIN FIGURES released by South African Department of Environmental Affairs (2012):

18 683 breeding pairs in the wild in South Africa (excludes Namibian figures)

 

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  • DVD:  City Slickers
    DVD: City Slickers
    Also available in VHS"City Slickers" is dedicated to the campaign to save the African Penguin. Over the past fifty years bird numbers have dropped by an alarming 90%! The film is closely associated with Sanccob (The South African Foundation for the Co
  • SANCCOB Pens
    SANCCOB Pens
    SANCCOB Pens, black ink.Available in: Blue, red, pink, yellow, green , orange, white, black and blue
  • Abby’s Aquarium Adventures
    Abby’s Aquarium Adventures
    Join Abby on a adventure that will take you from the rivers in the Amazon the oceans of the world. Discover the creatures that life in and near the sea of the people who get to work with them on a daily basis....Abby may even let you in a few secrets.
  • Christmas Chick Special
    Christmas Chick Special
    Adopt an African penguin chick by naming it and paying for its rehabilitation and release back into the wild.
  • SANCCOB Sling Bags
    SANCCOB Sling Bags
    The "Penguin-Warrior" unisex slingbags have proved to be very popular amongst volunteers and supporters alike.
  • Adopt a Home Pen Penguin
    Adopt a Home Pen Penguin
    Adopt a penguin from our Home Pen and help us to maintain and provide an excellent quality of life for our permanent residents.
  • Big Spill
    Big Spill
    This book tells the story of Peter, Pamela and Percy and their experience during the 2000 Treasure Oil spill, during which time SANCCOB rehabilitated nearly 19 500 African penguins.
  • Penguins of Boulders
    Penguins of Boulders
    This book not only highlights some of the environmental pressures these animals face, but also illustrates and describes interesting penguins facts, reference information on the species, but also various conservation and ongoing rescue operations.

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