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Adopt a Penguin at SANNCOB

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Published September 21st 2016
SANNCOB stands for Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds. Shockingly, only 2% of the penguins population are in the wild.

SANNCOB relies heavily on the community, donations and funds to keep them going. And, the birds need them more than ever, with SANNCOB open 24/7 for any bird in dire need of help.

image by SANNCOB

Being one of the leaders in Sea Bird rehabilitation, SANNCOB treats in the excess of 2400 birds a year. The work does not stop there, with SANNCOB helping to hatch and raise abandoned eggs.

Apart from rescue, rearing and rehabilitation, SANNCOB also offers training opportunities to those wishing to pursue a career in this area. Fees are tied into these qualifications which included everything from a volunteer certification to a veterinary experience program. Being a leader in sea bird rescue and rehabilitation, this will be one certification that will be recognized around the globe.

Rescued from an oil spill (image by SANNCOB)

If you feel you would like to help, but are not up for the volunteer part, you could invest in saving a penguin's life. Of course I love the idea of 'Adopting a Penguin'!

By adopting a penguin, you will be part of its rehabilitation and release. And in return you will receive an adoption certificate together with other gifts depending on whether you chose an adult or a chick. If you choose to adopt an adult bird, you will receive a photo.

image by SANNCOB

Because SANNCOB's goal is to release as many birds as possible into the wild, you will not be able to see or track the progress of your bird for obvious reasons. Firstly, they are wild and are destined to be released so minimizing human interaction is important. Secondly, SANNCOB has a lot of birds and it would be impossible to schedule 'visiting' time and update the website with each bird. It would be best to let SANNCOB focus on what they do which is rescuing and saving seabirds.

However, if you are wishing to see penguins released into the wild, which you played a part in, you can view their release at the Penguin Festival planned in October 2016. Outside of this, you may need to view their website for any further release dates they have planned during the year.

For R300.00 you can adopt a Penguin chick or you can adopt an adult penguin for R600.00. With both options you will receive an adoption certificate,, however the latter you will receive a photo. Of course having a photo of your penguin on your desk makes it worth the extra R300.00, not to mention the conversational points that will come from it.

Freedom! (image by SANNCOB)

If you are ready to adopt a penguin, then visit SANNCOB website. Notably it might be a hard decision in choosing between a chick or an adult, however if you are in the position you may as well adopt one of each.
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Why? Save a Penguin
When: When ever you wish
Where: Simons Town
Cost: from R300.00
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Those little penguins are just the cutest, Social!
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If there is one thing that is consistent throughtout the world it is that you can always find dedicated animal lovers.
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