Thanks to support of our visitors, we keep supporting conservation projects towards endangered species on the world. The African Penguins, which are also under protection in our park are in Endangered category of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Redlist. The number in wildlife of African Penguins who were moved from Vulnerable category to the “Endangered” category in 2010 continues to show a serious decline due to reasons such as loss of habitat as a result of commercial fishing and oil spills.
As FYZoo, we are proud to support SANCCOB, which has been working in South Africa since 1968, to protect African Penguins and to stop the downward trend in question. As in all conservation projects that we made business relations with, our purpose is not only to provide material support, but also to raise awareness of our visitors with activities that will raise awareness about this issue, and also to provide field support by participating in projects de facto.
Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) that carries out rescue, rehabilitation and recovery activities for sea birds, especially for penguins, which were injured, sick, abandoned and exposed to oil as a result of spills is a world leader in rescuing oil-exposed creatures. SANCCOB rescues nearly 2,500 seabirds every year, out of which about 1,500 are penguins. However, this figure applies to the years without oil spills. In case of oil spills, the organization has to deal with more serious quantities. Approximately 24 different sea bird species, including penguins, get their share of the rescue work of the organization. The South Africa-based organization operates in the field of education in addition to rescue efforts, trying to instill to the society the importance of seabirds and the wildlife at sea.