The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) has a Valentine’s Day gift that is sure to win your lovebird’s affections this year. For the month of February, you can adopt and name a pair of endangered African penguins. Penguins mate for life, so what better way of showing your devotion while helping to save a species.
Numbers of African penguins are dwindling, with less than 23 000 breeding pairs remaining in the wild. Due to their rapid decline, they were officially classified as endangered in 2010. Established in 1968, SANCCOB admits approximately 1 500 ill, injured, abandoned and oiled African penguins to its seabird centres in the Western and Eastern Cape every year. These penguins and other seabirds are admitted with the help of conservation partners and compassionate members of the public. Once admitted, SANCCOB’s dedicated staff and volunteers ensure that each bird gets the best possible care until they are ready for release back into the wild.
Some may say that penguins are a universal symbol of true and lasting love; despite their bond to remain together, various factors threaten their survival, including a decrease in food supply, lack of suitable habitat, predation, pollution and climate change.
This Valentine’s, the public can help save the endangered African penguin by adopting and naming two penguins from SANCCOB. Adoption costs are R600 (for an email pack) or R700 (for a postage pack) and include two penguin pictures, a short history of each penguin and a special thank you letter from your adopted penguins. Your donation helps to buy fish, medication and other essentials needed to rehabilitate our penguin patients.
Visit www.sanccob.co.za to put your life-saving donation to good work and your lovebird will be ‘flipping’ with joy to receive this unique Valentine’s Day gift.
Please note that delivery is seven working days within South Africa and up to 14 working days across borders. Hurry, this romantic gift adoption promotion ends on 28 February 2017.
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