More than just new destinations for your trip


Posted in Cape Town Table View on Feb 12, 2014

SANCCOB 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 appreciate this unique heritage. 

SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is a leading marine-orientated non-profit organization which has treated more than 90 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968. Independent research confirms that the wild African population is 19% higher directly due to SANCCOB’s efforts . 

SANCCOB works with numerous conservation-minded local and international partners and promotes projects which contribute toward the conservation and protection of Southern Africa´s seabirds, especially threatened species such as the African penguin. As project administrators we facilitate the funding of projects which are in line with the (draft) Biodiversity Management Plan for the African penguin, and which carry the approval of the South African government and mandated authorities.

After many years of waiting the new Chick Rearing Unit at SANCCOB (fondly known as the “hatchery” during the development phase) was opened on Friday, 25 November 2011.

SANCCOB has been hand rearing and releasing chicks back into the wild for many years. These chicks come to us for a variety of reasons, but primarily due to abandonment by their parents, either during oil spills or due to the parents going into moult. Other reasons include abandonment of chicks due to very hot weather or flooding, removing the chicks due to building or renovations and abandonment of eggs in the breeding colonies. Since 2006, we have admitted a total of 2,407 chicks, of which 2,042 chicks were from moulting parents. The overall release rate for hand rearing of chicks at SANCCOB is 82%, which means approximately 2,000 chicks have been successfully reared and released during the last 5 years.