Seventy Endangered African Penguins Released Back on Dyer Island

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary are returning 70 African penguins to their home on Dyer Island today (28 Dec 2021). A total of 202 chicks were removed between October and November and hand-raised at the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS), a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. The removal of compromised and orphaned chicks is one of the [...]


We need your support. The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary has admitted a large number of young African penguins from Dyer Island. The outbreak of Avian Influenza amongst wild seabirds in the Western Cape has seen an estimated 21172 dead birds with 13195 birds dying on Dyer Island off Gansbaai. The Cape Cormorant remains most affected with 20558 dead Cape Cormorants [...]

Science And Conservation On The Agenda At The 6th Southern African Shark And Ray Symposium

Between the 17th to 19th of November 2021, over 80 delegates comprising of marine biologists, researchers, students, conservationists, and government officials gathered in Gansbaai for the 6th Southern African Shark and Ray Symposium. Hosted by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and Marine Dynamics Shark Tours, this biennial meeting of the academic community provided an opportunity for research updates, collaboration, and inspiration. [...]

CapeNature and Dyer Island Conservation Trust – partnership yields conservation benefits in the Overberg region

The African penguin is on the brink of possible extinction in the wild within the next decade. Partnerships are vital in the ongoing effort to stabilise the African penguin population numbers. This is one of the reasons that African penguins are at the heart of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that exists between CapeNature, the custodian of the Western Cape’s natural [...]

Nov 12th, 2021|APSS, DICT|

DEEP Year End Camp 2021

Nature walks, environmental quizzes, a trust walk, spider webs, water safety and canoeing on the Stanford River, were just some of the fun-filled activities of the DEEP Year end camp. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Environmental Education Programme, known as DEEP, works with dedicated learners from Masakhane Primary school. The programme started in 2016 and runs for three years, with a [...]

Trash Free Environment

Still working under the theme: "Keep Trash In The Bin And Not In The Ocean". Picking up litter is a simple environmental action to make the world better. Even children can and they gladly do it. We are proud of this young generation of environmentalists who joined hands in cleaning up Masakhane on the 25th of September. This clean-up reminded us [...]

Fighting For Trash Free Seas In 2021

An estimated 150 people gathered at Gansbaai harbour to participate in International Coastal Clean Up Day, a global movement started over thirty-five years ago by the Ocean Conservancy. This is a day when the concerned citizens of the world gather to clean the coastline of human generated trash. Each area has a different signature in terms of what washes up, and [...]

Khula Cape Foundation Supports Environmental Education

The Dyer Island Conservation was very pleased to receive a R10 000 grant from the Khula Cape Foundation for their long standing environmental education programme. The mission of the Khula Cape Foundation is to preserve, promote and encourage literature, the visual and performing arts and the natural and cultural environment in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces. In 2016, the Trust [...]

Step It Up This Recycle Week

Step It Up This Recycle Week' is the theme for 2021. Recycle Week (13-18 Sep) is an annual event designed to celebrate and promote the benefits of recycling. This event on the environmental calendar highlights opportunities where we can implement positive changes that will help protect our planet. Recycle Week advertising campaigns encourages the recycling of products and packaging, so that [...]

Sep 12th, 2021|