If you take action out of conservation you are literally left with a meaningless word – “onserv”.


We discover through research and observation.

Research helps us to identify the origin, the cause and possible solutions to a problem.  Solutions need to be implemented, policies need to change, legislation must be adapted, action must be taken.

We make a difference, we act, we get things done.
We are part of the environment we live in. We see and feel the changes.
We take responsibility.

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The Dyer Island Conservation Trust was founded in 2006 by Wilfred Chivell, a true ocean warrior and the owner of Marine Dynamics Travel and Dyer Island Cruises. A native of Gansbaai, Wilfred knows the reefs, rocks and wrecks along the Gansbaai coastline like the inside of his home. His passion for the conservation of this diverse environment has placed the greater Dyer Island region on the international map.

Our operational model:

Our primary partners, Marine Dynamics & Dyer Island Cruises, provide the trust with significant funding and the operational platform from which the Trust operates.

Donations from tourists who come to view the Great white shark, visit the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary or join the eco cruises contributes greatly towards our work.

We rely on continued partnerships with business and corporate sponsorships, and special partnerships like our partnership with Volkswagen South Africa’s – For Good initiative to meet our research and operational funding needs.


We started the development & deployment of artificial nests for the African penguin in 2006. Through ongoing research and collaboration we have continued in our quest to find the ultimate African penguin penthouse.

We opened the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary in February 20