Penguin release: African Penguin Awareness Day 2015 (SANCCOB)

On 17 October 2015, SANCCOB and its conservation partners across the globe celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day, dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin – the only penguin endemic to the African content. Only 2% of the African penguin population remain in the wild today.

To commemorate the special day, SANCCOB and SANParks released 14 rehabilitated African penguins at Seaforth Beach (Simon’s Town, Cape Town) and hosted the annual Penguin Festival at Boulders Beach.

Of the 14 that were released: nine were admitted from Simon’s Town, four from Stony Point (Betty’s Bay) and one from Fish Hoek.

Thank you for helping to conserve and raise much-needed awareness about the endangered African penguin.

What you can do to help to conserve African penguins
• Adopt and name an African penguin by visiting
• Report injured penguins and/or oiled birds to SANCCOB by calling (021) 557 6155 (normal work hours) / 078 638 3731 (after hours & weekends)
• Donate to SANCCOB online at or see what items are needed on SANCCOB’s Wish List
• Visit SANCCOB’s online shop for penguin goodies at
• Raise funds for SANCCOB by simply swiping your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card:­age-myplanet
• Volunteer at SANCCOB by emailing

About SANCCOB: SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) is a leading marine-orientated, non-profit organization which has treated more than 95 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned endangered African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968.
Find out more about SANCCOB’s seabird conservation work by visiting

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