Monday, January 23, 2012

Abby and Ed go to SANCCOB

Hi Sea Fans!

Ed and I have been having so much fun, we've seen so much and met such amazing people and animals!  SANCCOB (The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) was our second stop.  This is a seabird rehabilitation centre where they look after injured and sick seabirds.
Me and Ed at SANCCOB.

We got to watch the volunteers feeding the sickly penguins.  This is where we met Paddy the paper penguin who is also visiting from the UK.

Ed, Paddy and I got up close with a gull that was brought in  by a family that had hand-raised him and now couldn't look after him anymore.  Please Sea Fans, don't try and keep wild animals as pets.

We met Baby, the resident cormorant.

Another volunteer, Jenny, allowed us to get up close during the feeding of "Home Pen" which is where the birds that can't be released back into the wild are kept for educating the public.  Here, Jenny is feeding Baby.

Chaos!  Penguins can be greedy! : )

Nola, the vet at SANCCOB, invited us to look at some blood smears from the penguins under the microscope.  They check the penguins' blood every week to check on their progress (make sure they're getting better) so that they can release them back into the wild as soon as possible.

Margaret (Marketing Lady at SANCCOB), Paddy, Ed, Me and Heidi.
It's a great place to visit and you know Sea Fans, you can volunteer at SANCCOB and help the birds...if you don't feel like getting fishy, you can donate money to them and help them look after the seabirds that are hurt or sick or  ... you can even adopt a penguin!

SANCCOB was established (started) in 1968 and they've treated over 85 000 birds since then!  Many of those birds were during the Treasure Oil Spill in 2000.  If you want to find out more about SANCCOB, go to their website at

Have a great week Sea Fans.
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