HAPPY FEET at Stony Point Nature Reserve!

by CapeNature

Hundreds of locals and volunteers gathered on Saturday, 28 October at Stony Point nature reserve for a cheerful send off of our friendly feathered friends; the African Penguin.

If you weren’t there, you certainly missed out but don’t despair; we’ve got the captivating run down of events for you…

CapeNature and The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) jointly held the second annual Penguin Palooza to form part of various African Penguin awareness activities to celebrate the iconic species. A huge focus was also emphasized on the collective action to conserve this endangered seabird.

Often most happy endings first have a tear-jerking truth to overcome like a romantic-comedy movie montage. The reality of the African Penguin is that the population has decreased by almost 98% over the past century. SANCCOB, CapeNature and its conservation partners are at the forefront of saving the African Penguin. Before the penguins are rehabilitated and hand-reared at SANCCOB’s Table View centre they endure quite an ordeal.

One such example is the penguin referred to as AP430. This African penguin was admitted with a wound so serious that euthanasia was considered but SANCCOB believed there was a chance of survival because of the bird’s fighting spirit. An open wound this severe would usually need to be treated and cleaned leading up to closing it surgically but an immediate procedure to close the wound was performed. There was a small follow-up procedure to remove dead tissue but the wound healed and closed perfectly, and all waterproof feathers are miraculously intact.

AP430 and 20 other penguins from all over were released back into the wild at Betty’s Bay, each with its own story. CapeNature CEO Dr Razeena Omar and special guests TV Presenter Jade Hubner and Adventure Blogger Adam Spires were amongst the volunteers who tipped the boxes.

Here’s how Jade described this unique experience…

This is what Adam had to say about the event…

The Stony Point land-based penguin colony is the third largest breeding colony of African Penguins in the world and has been showing a measurable increase in breeding pairs.

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