March 19, 2019 Dyer Island Conservation Trust

In 2018, our penguin philanthropist, Mike Gibbs, kindly donated a special drawing of African penguins by Hermanus artist Malcolm Bowling. This picture went on silent auction at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS). It finally has a home – with the Kendziorski family. The Kendziorski’s are from the USA and have been volunteering their time at APSS while in South Africa. Alex, Rebecca and their son Liam, were very excited to take this picture home. They are previous donors to the sanctuary and the APSS team is grateful for their generous R8500 donation for this iconic image of rehabilitated penguins.

The Kendziorski’s had the following to say, “We are grateful that we can participate in one of the last chances to prevent the extinction of the African penguin. Working with the birds directly has also been a joy as well as inspiring. Seeing how our donations are put to use in person has given us great confidence in our continued support. We can all be part of the change needed to save the penguins. Reducing the use of plastics, shoreline clean-ups, and learning and sharing information about what actions you are doing to help prevent their extinction. We are better together.”

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary is a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Based in Gansbaai, it is open to the public daily from 9am to 4pm. You can watch the penguin and other seabirds from the onsite coffee shop and can also observe the 3pm feeding time on a drop down screen.