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A Volunteers journey...

Updated: May 20, 2019

Written by Shimune Smit


The African penguin is an endangered species and their numbers are continuing to decrease every day. As a nature conservation student, I realised that there is something that I can do to help this species even if it is just volunteering for a few days a week. I found this amazing facility called SAPREC owned by Carol, with several other volunteers that dedicate their spare time to help penguins and seabirds.

Slowly I started working more and more with the birds, starting with getting use to handling them, then moving on to the more challenging things like feeding and medicating. I’ve learned about common diseases and problems in seabirds, and attended numerous bird releases. After volunteering for almost two years I was asked to become a permanent member of SAPREC, which was the best news ever. I am blessed to be working with all the amazing volunteers and Carol that has taught me everything I know about these special species.

We are all working for the rehabilitation and release of penguins and seabirds. The release is the best part, seeing that all that hard work that you put into that little bird has paid off. Knowing that you made a difference in that bird’s life is amazing and knowing that you will keep on helping these species is the best feeling in the world. You can be part of the change, volunteer and help nature.

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