SANCCOB penguin chicks in desperate need of a nursery

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.

IMG_4827-2By collaborating with SANParks and CapeNature, chicks and eggs are brought into SANCCOB’s care throughout the year from the colonies. These penguin chicks and eggs are admitted when their parents either abandon them when undergoing their annual moult or when they have fallen ill or become weak. Chicks are also removed as a precautionary measure from areas where they are at risk from speeding motor vehicles or residents’ pets.

IMG_4822-2The nursery will supplement the existing Chick rearing Unit at SANCCOB’s centre in Table View, Cape Town. The extra capacity will enable SANCCOB to separate the larger penguin chicks from the very young babies in order to better care for them and prepare them for release back into the wild.

Photo Francois Louw (SANCCOB)

Photo Francois Louw (SANCCOB)

With less than 2% of the original population remaining, the hand-rearing of ill and abandoned chicks is seen as a crucial conservation intervention to help bolster the wild population. SANCCOB, a non-profit organisation, has been at the forefront of saving the endangered African penguin and other seabird species since 1968.

Donations can be made via SANCCOB’s website or using the below banking details:

Account name: SANCCOB
Bank: First National Bank (Table View)
Account number: 5923 713 5859
Type: Current account
Branch code: 203 809
Reference: Your name and “Nursery”

Alternatively, contact SANCCOB at (021) 557 6155 or

Additional info:
A video has been released by SANCCOB highlighting the plight for public donations to build a nursery:


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