Commemorating the biggest animal rescue operation in world history

Twenty years ago, the MV Treasure sank off the coast of Cape Town, between Dassen and Robben Islands, resulting in a major spill of bunker oil into the ocean.  Some 19 000 African penguins and hundreds of other seabirds were oiled with a further 19 500 penguins captured and translocated.  In a mammoth clean up operation by Bio-Matrix and thousands of contributors, the event is still the biggest animal rescue operation in world history today.

Join SANCCOB on 23 June 2020 at 19h00 (GMT+2) for a live webinar where they will share a brief account of what happened, together with a series of video clips of some of the rescuers’ personal experiences.  Many of the thousands of coordinators, animal professionals and volunteers continue to contribute to the conservation sector and in particular to the plight of the endangered African penguin.

REGISTER HERE to join the webinar and hear all about it from the personal anecdotes shared. 

If you’re unable to join the webinar, watch the feature once it is shared on their Facebook Page at



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