To kick off a month of ocean-related activities, SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) has launched a series of stylish posters to celebrate African penguins and to pay tribute to 20 years of democracy in South Africa.
The poster designs feature a collaborative effort between Stellenbosch University Visual Design student, Jessica Matter, and SANCCOB’s own designer and marketing coordinator, Francois Louw. According to Francois Louw, “The objective of the campaign is to make the public aware that the endangered African penguin, which is endemic to the southern African coastline, is an important part of South Africa’s unique heritage. Unless we take action, South Africa and the world will lose this precious heritage.”
Much like fingerprints, the spot pattern on the belly of an African penguin is unique to every penguin. Depicting the protea (South Africa’ national flower), the pattern of Nelson Mandela’s characteristic printed shirts and the African continent into the designs illustrates that the African penguin is also an iconic part of South Africa’s heritage.
With less than 2% of the endangered African penguin population remaining in the wild today, SANCCOB urges the public to support its seabird conservation efforts by adopting a penguin. Each adoption costs R500/$50 and includes a photograph of your penguin, a letter of adoption, a certificate of adoption in the adoptees name and a bumper sticker saying ‘I adopted a penguin’.
You can help save the species by adopting a penguin from SANCCOB today.
Download all three posters for free (A1, A3 or A4 size) from SANCCOB’s Event page.
Additional African penguin activities during October:
African Penguin Awareness Day (APAD) will be celebrated once again this year on the 11th October. Aday dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin, it isoften an unknown fact thatless than 2% of the African penguin population remain in the wild today. Together, SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), SANParks (South African National Parks) and its partners in conservation are at the forefront of saving the only penguin species to occur naturally on the African continent.
Bring your family, friends and colleagues to the Penguin Festival in Simon’s Town on Saturday, 11 October 2014 and celebrate the charismatic African penguin, with an array of stalls on display and fun activities to partake in:
Penguin Beach Release
Date: 11 October 2014
Location: Seaforth Beach, Simon’s Town
Experience a real-life beach release of African penguins as they waddle their way back into the wild. With the help of SANParks and its partners, SANCCOB admits close to 1500 African penguins (and a 1 000 other seabirds) for rehabilitation to its centres and release them back into to the wild to boslter the wild African penguin population. Get a chance to see this moving event first-hand on African Penguin Awareness Day. Parking can be found at the Seaforth beach parking area. A popular event for the local residents of Simon’s Town – it is best to arrive early.
Date: 11 October 2014
Location: Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant, Simon’s Town
A fun-filled day of festivities for young and old – located at the picturesque Boulders Beach. Activities include snake and raptor shows, games for the family, environmental exhibition stalls, raffles, food stalls and a chance to meet SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin. The festival and its various activities can be found at the parking area at the end of Bellevue Road, Simon’s Town.
SANCCOB:SANCCOB is a leading marine-orientated, non-profit organization which has treated more than 90 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned endangered African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968. Independent research confirms that the wild African population is 19% higher due to SANCCOB’s conservation efforts. It is an internationally recognized leader in oiled wildlife response, rehabilitation and chick-rearing; contributes to research which benefits seabirds; trains people to care for the birds and educates the public to develop behavioural patterns which benefit marine life and the environment it depends on.