Eastern Cape SANCCOB has relocated due to an encroaching fire, saving all its wildlife but now they are opening their doors to any injured birds due to fire
Fires are raging once more but this time in the Eastern Cape. Port Elizabeth went up in flames after a velt fire got out of control late on Tuesday evening. It started on Marine Drive in the Noordhoek area on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. It is being fanned along by the wind.
The Nelson Mandela Univeristy was evacuated as well as a few surrounding businesses. South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) Eastern Cape division also evacuated yesterday as a precaution and reloacted all their seabirds currently in rehabilitation.
“Please be advised that the fires in the Eastern Cape have resulted in evacuating our PE centre at Cape Recife Nature Reserve and birds have been temporarily relocated – safe & sound. We will keep you updated and informed if assistance is needed in any way.”
They have asked that if anyone finds any injured seabirds, to please contact them so they can assist.
“Please be on the lookout for seabirds in distress and contact 041 583 4393 or 072 185 0890 for guidance or to drop off. Thank you to those who are fighting the raging fires.”
Sprinkerlers have been activated to protect the building and the roofs are being kept wet just in case. According to a facebook users, the firefighters are doing a marvelous job and have even had assistance from the airport and army trucks.
“It’s at times like this that we see true humanity shining through and giving all the help they can. I admire everyone who got involved. As I commented on in a previous post, it’s the wild animals I feel so sorry for because they’re losing everything and are terrified. I just hope there are no homes at risk here.” – Jon Bonny
“So sorry to hear about the fires, take care everyone. Big thanks to all those that are helping.” – Michele van Vuuren
“Thank you to all at Sanccob and anyone who assisted in evacuating the precious penguins. Fingers crossed that fire is brought under control and they can all go home again.” – Zani Richardson