From 16-18 April 2014, SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) participated in the Old Mutual Two Oceans expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Attended by close to 45 000 individuals, one of the main attractions of the expo was SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin, Kia. Originally admitted from Stony Point in Betty’s Bay after her parents abandoned her during their annual moult, Kia is now one of three proud ambassador penguins for her species at SANCCOB. Currently, less than 18 000 endangered African penguin breeding pairs remain in the wild in South Africa.
The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has joined hands with SANCCOB to support seabird conservation and Environmental Education in South Africa. Through the support of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, SANCCOB will be embarking on a Wild About Exploration Outreach educational programme involving four previously disadvantaged ECD (Early Childhood Development) centres in the Western Cape in 2014. During the programme, SANCCOB will be presenting a 4-stage, curriculum aligned lesson programme based on specific environmental educational themes to each of the 4 centres. Included will be a visit to SANCCOB’s seabird centre in Table View for each of the centres and a joint beach clean-up with the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.
Left to right: Kia (SANCCOB’s ambassador African penguin), Francois Louw (Marketing and Development Coordinator SANCCOB), Margaret Roestorf (Executive Director SANCCOB) and Jakes Jacobs (President of Western Province Athletics)