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Klaserie Sands River Camp

SANCCOB had to evacuate approximately 300 penguins and other seabirds from their seabird centre after fires flared up at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Thursday evening, 5 November.


Firefighters from the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue department were promptly deployed and continued to fight the blaze throughout the night amidst strong winds.


As a safety precaution, the seabirds were relocated to a safe location on Friday morning with the help of staff and volunteers until the fires were under control.



At 11h00 most of the fires were doused and SANCCOB was given the all clear to return the penguins and seabirds back to the centre to continue their rehabilitation.


Approximately 126 of the seabirds are penguin chicks that were recently admitted to the centre after being abandoned in nearby colonies. SANCCOB would like to extend their gratitude to all the firefighters, volunteers and the local community for their incredible support during this emergency.


Watch the video of the penguins returning home to the SANCCOB centre:


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