African Penguin Awareness Day is Saturday, 17th October 2015 and is dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin – the only penguin endemic to the African continent.
Join the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and Table Mountain National Park (SANParks) for the annual Penguin Festival at Boulder’s Beach near Simon’s Town in the Western Cape.
As is customary every year, the Penguin Festival is officially opened with a beach release of African penguins, as they waddle their way back into the wild at Seaforth Beach at 10am. Parking may be found at the Seaforth Beach parking area but be sure to arrive early to find the perfect viewpoint on the beach for this special occasion.
After the release, festival-goers can stroll along the scenic boardwalk to the parking area in front of the Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant on Bellevue Road for the festival activities. Fun attractions on the day include an interactive LEGO Build display, children’s games, face-painting, a treasure hunt, jumping castle, live animal talks and food stalls. Entry to the festival is free and runs until 2pm.
Exhibitions from City of Cape Town, SANParks, SANCCOB, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) will be on display on the day.
Less than 2% of the African penguin population remain in the wild today. Together, SANCCOB, SANParks and their partners in conservation are at the forefront of saving the charismatic African penguin species. All proceeds from the festival are donated to SANCCOB in support of their African penguin conservation work.
So head down to Simon’s Town to support the festival or look into helping in one of the following ways:
2. Report injured penguins and/or oiled birds to SANCCOB by calling (021) 557 6155 during normal work hours or 078 638 3731 after hours and weekends.
4. Visit SANCCOB’s online shop for penguin goodies.
5. Raise funds for SANCCOB by simply swiping your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card. Get a MyPlanet card and make SANCCOB a beneficiary here.
6. Volunteer at SANCCOB by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Start your own fundraising campaign for SANCCOB with Just Giving.