Every year, SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) admits between 800-900 abandoned African penguin chicks and eggs for rehabilitation and release back into the wild. SANCCOB is appealing to the public to dig deep into their pockets to help raise funds to build a nursery which will house the larger penguin chicks. The addition of a nursery will add much needed capacity to the current Chick Rearing Unit which is over-flowing with hungry penguin beaks.
SANCCOB in the Eastern Cape admitted its first batch of chicks of 2014 on 24 April. Admitted from Bird Island in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth (part of the Addo Elephant National Park), the half a dozen chicks will undergo special care and rehabilitation at SANCCOB’s centre in Cape St. Francis until they are ready for release back into the wild.