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Penguin Rescue Line: 072 598 7117

AFRICAN PENGUIN & SEABIRD SANCTUARY

Opened in 2015, the APSS is as a custom-designed marine bird rehabilitation center.

We provide temporary care to diseased, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds with special focus on the endangered African penguin. Marine bird rescue, rehabilitation and releases part of the conservation management plan to stabilize and maintain population numbers.

Rehabilitation is a re-active but important intervention. Every single penguin saved through rehabilitation contributes to the conservation effort, to prevent the extinction of the African penguin. 

THE APSS PROVIDES:

PENGUIN PENTHOUSE PROJECT

Rehabilitation is re-active, to save the African penguin from extinction we need to also focus on pro-active measures. One of those measures are to provide the penguins with an artificial nest that will meet all the requirements of a perfect penguin penthouse.

WHY DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE ARTIFICIAL NESTS?

Before the advent of artificially produced fertiliser, guano was considered a top-quality fertiliser rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Guano (an Inca word for a mix of eggshell, feathers, decayed corpses and bird excrement) was scraped from the penguin breeding islands. Penguins used to build their nests by burrowing into the thick layers of guano. This “forced removal” from well protected, temperature-controlled burrows to open surface nests, exposed the African Penguin to the harsh African heat and occasional flooding the “open-plan” living arrangement turned their eggs and chicks into an easy meal for predators like gulls & skuas.

OUR ACTION PLAN ALSO INCLUDES:

 An education & awareness programme

The continued engagement and lobbying with the relevant government departments for the establishment of more Marine Protected Areas and Special no catch areas around penguin colonies to improve the habitat conditions.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?:

Visit the APSS in Gansbaai.

We are open daily from 09:00 – 16:00.

Daily feeding at 15:00.

GET DIRECTIONS

Enjoy a cup of coffee and some cake, browse the Penguin Gift shop and watch the antics of the African penguins undergoing rehabilitation.

Help us re-build the penguin population by sponsoring a booster block.

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