In 2015 Volkswagen partnered with the DICT to build the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Kleinbaai, South Africa. The APSS is a custom-designed marine bird rehabilitation centre that provides 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 are part of the conservation management plan to stabilize and maintain population numbers. Volkswagen has continued with their commitment to seabird conservation by contributing to the operational costs of the APSS.
Volkswagen is a primary supporter of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust research vessel, aptly named Lwazi meaning “seeking knowledge” in isiXhosa. Lwazi is used by the DICT marine biologists to study the behaviours of the Great White Shark and to do regular baited remote underwater video (BRUV) studies. BRUV is used in marine biology research to record fish diversity, abundance and behaviour of species.