Watch a video of Carol calling an African Penguin to her.... and rescuing it. At first we suspected that she might have been a bird that had been previously released from the centre. After scanning her to see if she had a chip we learnt that she was a wild bird. This was an amazing account of a wild animal seeking help. Carol mentioned that it was a very emotional once in a lifetime moment for her. The Penguin had a few nasty bites. After a few months of rehabilitation at the centre, she had a wonderful release back into the wild.
At SAPREC we help penguins and other seabirds along a 200km stretch of coast between Plettenberg Bay and Gansbaai. With the Covid 19 our funding has become extremely difficult. A huge plea to all of you whether it is one dollar, one euro even one rand, this will assist us in our vital role in saving the highly endangered African Penguin. Please help with our go fund me link, every little bit adds up. All for the love of the African Penguin......
GofundMe link - http://gf.me/u/w7npfr
It was a very hot day with temperatures reaching well over 34 degrees. The ocean was calm and cool and Fransmanshoek Nature Reserve was ready to welcome our three penguins to be released. The penguins had all arrived at the SAPREC centre 12 weeks ago with an arrested moult. This means that they had been disturbed whilst they were in their moulting process. Penguins moult once a year replacing their worn-out feathers with a brand new set of waterproof feathers. A state of arrested moult means that this important process has been interrupted , and without waterproof feathers, the bird is neither able to survive cold waters nor hunt for fish. The three musketeers as we fondly called them were reluctant to swim into the big ocean once again. They stood on the shore surveying their surroundings. Finally they plucked up the courage to slowly swim into the waves and suddenly the realization that they were free again and back in the sea took hold. They stretched and flapped and wagged their tails as they set off into the deep blue ocean. Thanks once again to all the stakeholders that makes a day like this so precious. The concerned citizens that call into the centre to make us aware of a bird in distress, the volunteers that give so readily of their time to look after and care for the birds, our wonderful vets who assist us -Dr De Graaf, Dr Cilliers and Dr Basson and all our sponsors and supporters. Today we can say that collectively we did good!
Photographs Rene Hodges