Thanks to support of our visitors, we have been able to keep up our support to SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) for the conservation of the African Black-footed Penguins.
The African Black-footed Penguins, which are also under protection in our park are in Endangered category of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Redlist. The conservations status of the species was moved from “Vulnerable” category to the “Endangered” category in 2010 and their numbers in wildlife continue 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 contribute to, our purpose is not only to provide financial support, but also to provide our visitors with activities that will raise awareness about the issue and also to provide field support by participating in projects in the field.
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. Although this number is only applicable in areas which no oil-spills occur. 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.
For more information on the foundation and its current conservation efforts, visit the SANCCOB official website at the following link below: