Love is in the air... Penguins take Valentines stroll on Cape Town beach
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Every year SANCCOB invites people to adopt their penguins for Valentine’s Day and this year they are doing an adopt one, get one free.


Cape Town, South Africa (03 February 2020) – The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)’s ever-popular Valentine’s 2-for-1 penguin adoption is once again available from 1 to 29 February 2020.  They are inviting the public to adopt the rescued penguins they have found throughout January 2020.

Each penguin adopted in the name of a loved one this Valentine’s Day will come with a partner and both can be named (even named after you and your partner). SANCCOB say that when you choose ‘your’ penguin to name and adopt during February then you will be partially funding their rehabilitation costs and you’ll receive a second adoption free of charge. So why not give your lovebird this special gift for the month of love?

“Our penguin adoption programme is an initiative that has enabled countless seabird patients to receive specialised veterinary care, rehabilitation and fish feeds, and resulted in their release back to their natural habitat. This successful programme, therefore, ensures that we continue to bolster the wild population of endangered, threatened and vulnerable seabirds. We could not have done this without your commitment to our cause and we thank you.”

FACT: 15 years ago there were over 22,000 breeding pairs of African penguins on Dassen Island alone, then in 2010, the population count was at 22,000 breeding pairs in all of South Africa. At present, 2020 numbers reveal that there are less than 20,000 breeding pairs worldwide. It is also an alarming fact that the approximate amount of 40,000 African penguins that were oiled, rescued, rehabilitated or relocated after the MV Treasure oil spill in 2000 is more than the estimated amount of African penguins breeding in the whole world today!

Let’s continue to partner to end seabird extinction together.

Adopted penguins are currently being cared for at both the Table View and Port Elizabeth (PE) centres. Each adopter will receive two individual certificates of adoption with photographs, a brief history of each bird and a special thank you letter from your penguin.

Penguins are adoptable throughout the year so even if you don’t need one for Valentine’s Day, you can adopt one for any and every major life day (birthdays, anniversaries, mother’s day, father’s day… you name it, you can do it!)

If you would like to find out more, take a look at the SANCCOB website here.

Sources: SANCCOB – Newsletter
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