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|

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 [...]

World Penguin Day

It is practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry – Joe Moore This #WorldPenguinDay, is different. Today we convey a message from the penguins to the people. Today we will be there for you, we will provide you with some comic relief, we will try to make you smile, we will post some of our comic antics and [...]

Apr 25th, 2020|APSS|

2019 March for the Penguins

Over 200 people walked, waddled or ran in the annual March for the Penguins held at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai. The 5km fun walk arranged by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust has become a highlight on the calendar for locals and visitors to Gansbaai. The event creates awareness about the endangered status of the African penguin [...]

10 Years of Environmental Education at the Hermanus Whale Festival

The eco tent at the Hermanus Whale Festival was a real winner this year with many interested visitors. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust/Marine Dynamics team was there, for their tenth year, and had excellent engagement with children and adults alike. “The displays encourage children to understand our marine species and how scientists study them. As such, we had some shark fin [...]

Oct 3rd, 2019|DICT|

Seabirds – the canaries in the coal mine

  A canary in a coal mine is an advanced warning of some danger. The metaphor originates from the times when miners used to carry caged canaries while at work; if there was any methane or carbon monoxide in the mine, the canary would die before the levels of the gas reached those hazardous to humans. Death by plastic We are all aware of plastic pollution but, being confronted with [...]

Jun 22nd, 2019|APSS|