6th Birthday celebration – a waddle back in time

It is our birthday, like all six year olds we would be delighted to receive some gifts. Waddle back through time with us to understand why every penguin counts Don’t follow your dreams, chase them The project started on the pages of the little black notebook bearing the dreams of Wilfred Chivell, the founder of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. It [...]

Feb 26th, 2021|APSS|

Unboxed – an African penguin release in a New Year

We are all entering the year 2021 with a large amount of apprehension and anxiety. To counter these “symptoms” the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) issued a perky penguin prescription filled with a good dose of joy and hope on the first day of 2021. Fourteen African penguin fledglings and four adult penguins were returned to the wild after spending [...]

March For The Penguins – Virtual And Global

The year 2020 has zoomed in and virtually changed our world. With due concern for the coronavirus pandemic, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary’s fourth annual 5km March for the Penguins will now be VIRTUAL. Be part of the movement - 21 December 2020 to 5 January 2021 How to join the March Register on our March for the Penguins, RaceOne [...]

Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals Head Home

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust team had a rather unusual, and noisy, guest these past few months. There are occasional strandings of sub-Antarctic fur seals and one was reported as coming ashore in Cape Agulhas. The seal was under weight and had a long gash on the shoulder. Xolani Lawo and Trudi Malan of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary responded [...]

African Penguin Awareness Day 2020 – We are in this together

  “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” ― Douglas Adams,   We think we can now definitely confirm that the second [...]

Keep Marine Wildlife Safe From Nurdles

It is being reported that nurdles are washing up along the coastline so please keep a look out. Should you find any, please separate from other waste and place in a separate bag or container with details of where found and drop off at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust office at the Great White House, or at our key project, the [...]

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

The work of the environmentally conscious students of Global Leadership Adventures has given the Marine Dynamics/Dyer Island Conservation Trust team time to reflect on our penguin conservation projects and the reasons we built the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary. Over the past blogs we have tackled the issues of historical impacts on our African penguin populations, as well as marine pollution [...]

What To Do If You Find A Stranded African Penguin

In the third part of our student projects from Global Leadership Adventures, we touch on the topic of stranded penguins. These projects are designed to see how the students interpret the information and teach them new skills. Dyer Island Conservation Trust / Marine Dynamics are part of the Overberg Stranding Network and in Gansbaai are often the first port of call [...]