SANCCOB is delighted to announce that a nursery has been successfully constructed at the SANCCOB centre in Table View (Cape Town). The nursery supplements the existing Chick Rearing Unit, opened in September 2011. The extra capacity enables SANCCOB to separate the older penguin chicks from the very young chicks to ensure that their husbandry needs are fully catered for in preparation for release back into the wild. The nursery has also created the much needed additional space to cater for the ever increasing requirement for wild abandoned eggs to be hatched and chicks to be reared. The Chick Rearing Unit has also been upgraded with critical care equipment to facilitate the rearing of the sensitive new hatchlings. The nursery became fully operational mid-July as the first 15 penguin chicks were admitted to the unit.
It is with great sadness that the SANCCOB team and the conservation community bids farewell to Wilna Wilkinson, SANCCOB’s Eastern Cape Rehabilitation Manager. Wilna tragically passed away in a car accident on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. She was a beloved member of the SANCCOB team, a brilliant advocate for penguins and the ocean, and a special friend to many people she met during her travels.