Shenton Safaris

A penguin for Leila’s birthday

A big thank you to Leila Silkstone from Whissedine Primary school in Oakham, Rutland (United Kingdom) who raised £310 for her 8th birthday so she could adopt and save two endangered African penguin chicks from SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds).


Instead of gifts, Leila asked her friends and family to donate money to SANCCOB and also got her local cake-maker, Just Caked, to donate a birthday cake which raised £40 alone. On Wednesday, 31 December, Leila and her family visited SANCCOB’s centre in Cape Town to collect her two penguin adoption packs and see first-hand what a real seabird rehabilitation centre looks like. SANCCOB’s newest ambassador penguin, Skipper, was there to say a special thank you from all the staff and penguins at SANCCOB. Thanks Leila and family for caring about the future of the endangered African penguin. Please come visit us again!


Every year around Christmas SANCCOB admits hundreds of small fluffy African penguin chicks abandoned by their parents in the colonies. Without intervention by SANCCOB and its partners in conservation, these chicks would not survive. Like Leila, the public can help save these endangered African penguins by naming and adopting an African penguin from SANCCOB for R500. Each adoption pack includes a photograph of your penguin, a certificate of adoption, a thank you letter and a sticker that says ‘I adopted an African penguin’.


SANCCOB is a leading marine-orientated, non-profit organisation which has treated more than 95 000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned endangered African penguins and other threatened seabirds since being established in 1968.

Africa Geographic