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Conservation,

South African Penguin Conservation – (SAFE) Initiative

The Tulsa Zoo has been a long time supporter of South African penguin conservation. South African penguins are highly endangered and the only penguin species endemic to the African continent. Since its establishment in 1968, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) a nonprofit organization, has treated more than 95,000 oiled, ill, injured and abandoned African penguins and other seabirds.

Project location:

Cape Town, South Africa

Project focus:

Species Recovery, Medical Treatment, New Facility

We are supporting SANCCOB’s Seabird and Penguin Ranger Program. The Ranger program rescues abandoned chicks! Did you know South Africa’s Robben Island is home to approximately 1,400 breeding pairs of African penguins and many other birds?

Before the Ranger program, we supported construction costs for SANCCOB’s Seabird Hospital which opened 11/2018. The Tulsa Zoo also participates in field conservation and research projects that often focus on providing rescue/rehabilitation and veterinary services to African penguins and other seabirds, as well as raising awareness about endangered seabirds through conservation education programs and field research. We have several staff members who contribute directly to the conservation and management of these species held in zoos and aquariums throughout North America and have traveled to South Africa to work closely with the conservation of the species in the wild.

If you would like to help support this and other South African penguin conservation projects or find out more about the Association of Zoos and Aquariums South African penguin Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Initiative go to AZA SAFE- African penguin.