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Penguin Carnival at SANCCOB

By Louanne Mostert - Oct 14, 2014
Penguin Carnival at SANCCOB

SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day last Saturday, 11 October, in the form of a Penguin Carnival. 

Based next to the Seal Point Lighthouse in Cape St Francis, SANCCOB Eastern Cape welcomed around 450 members of the public to their Seabird Rehabilitation facility during this important day on their calendar. 

The Penguin Carnival kicked off with a public penguin release during which eight rehabilitated African penguins were released back into the wild.

Thereafter, the public enjoyed guided tours of the rehabilitation facility, a kiddies programme, and carnival games presented by the St Francis Kromme Trust. 


Penguin adoptions, the food stalls and meeting Francis, SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin, seem to be favourited by all who attended.

African Penguin Awareness Day is an international initiative by SANCCOB to raise awareness around the plight of the African penguins and other threathened seabirds. 

As the SANCCOB facility based in Cape Town celebrates this day annually; the local SANCCOB will make the Penguin Carnival at the Seal Point Lighthouse an anuual event for all to come and enjoy.

SANCCOB is a leading marine-orientated, non-profit organization, newly extended to Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape, which has treated more than 95 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned endangered African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968.

During the month of December, SANCCOB based in Cape St Francis, will be hosting a 10 day SANCCOB Penguin Holiday Festival which will include events and activities for the whole family. 


Be on the look out for the release of the official Penguin Festival programme in early November.

As SANCCOB continues to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day, by hosting educational programmes for- and visiting local schools during the remainder of October; they encourage the public to partake in raising awareness for this cause, by adopting a penguin or sponsoring a hole at their annual Penguin Golf Day on 26 December.