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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 African penguins, the only penguin species endemic to the African continent. Since its establishment almost 50 years ago 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. SANCCOB has been able to have this success through dedicated and sustained support from numerous zoos and other organizations.

Project location:

Cape Town, South Africa

Project focus:

Species Recovery, Medical Treatment, New Facility

The Tulsa Zoo is currently supporting the construction of a new seabird hospital which SANCCOB hopes to complete in Cape Town by the end of the year. Construction started in March of 2017 and will continue through to November 2017. The new hospital will include two new Intensive Care Units, a three-part oiled seabird wash bay area, surgery, x-ray room, upgraded pens, aviary, pools and laboratory. 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.