Celebrating World Penguin Day – And The Staff At SANCCOB

On World Penguin Day we take a look at those adorable flightless birds which live mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Despite the fact that nearly all penguin species are native to Earth’s southern hemisphere, there are, remarkably, penguins in the northern hemisphere as well.

Covid-19 is keeping us all inside, but the dedicated staff at The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) have been quietly continuing their rescue of injured and sick seabirds, as well as caring for newly hatched penguin chicks. They carry out essential services so the welfare of South Africa’s seabird patients is looked after during the global fight against the coronavirus.


Here are some fun facts on the seabirds in their care:

  • Did you know it takes up to 24 to 48 hours for penguin eggs to hatch?
  • Since January SANCCOB has taken in 300 abandoned penguin eggs.

Last day at SANCCOB for these 15 #Africanpenguins; tomorrow they'll be back in the ocean. Watch their eagerness as they rushed into the rehabilitation pool today. They're definitely ready, don't you think?You can adopt & name a penguin and get your certificate sent directly to your email inbox or as a special spoil for someone you nominate. It's a great virtual gift and a feel-good one too. Choose your penguin here: https://sanccob.co.za/penguin-gallery.php#AdoptAPenguin #endangeredspecies #savesseabirds #penguingift #marineconservation

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  • Sadly, egg abandonment occurs when nesting is in an unsafe area or when excessive heat causes heat stress in the parents, causing them to abandon the eggs.
  • They are now taking care of 120 chicks. These vary from hatchlings to birds of over one kilogram.

Taking a little break to rest… Did you know that an #Africanpenguin chick can take up to 48-50 hours to hatch from its egg? We are grateful for an incredible donation of a special incubator from #CaliforniaAcademyofSciences @calacademy that arrived just in time to help us cope during the busy egg season. www.sanccob.co.za for more info on the rescue and hand-rearing of this #endangeredspecies #essentialservices #marinewildlife #conservationpartnersVideo credit: @cindymazadiego

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  • It takes three to four months of hand rearing before the penguins are ready to be released back into the wild.

  • Their release rate of rescued penguins is 87%.

You can help out SANCCOB by adopting a penguin or an egg. Go to www.sanccob.co.za for more information.

Finally, how cute is this video taken recently in Simonstown, showing these adorable creature taking in the sights of the town now that all the humans are indoors?