Gansbaai Courant

Blog: Every bird counts

Published: 13 February 2017
By:Gansbaai Courant

The saying ‘Small changes can make a big difference’ compliments the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary slogan of “every bird counts”.

A monumental milestone was reached for the conservation of the African Penguin and other marine birds when The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) opened its doors almost two years ago.

This custom designed, world class marine bird rehabilitation centre provides temporary rehabilitative care to diseased, displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds.  A special focus is placed on the endangered African Penguin.

Marine bird rescue, rehabilitation and release form part of the management plan to conserve and maintain African Penguins and other marine bird populations along the South African coastline.

Featuring a unique rehabilitation area with a specialized floor, laboratory and clinic, the APSS rehabilitation techniques are honed to afford birds’ individual treatment with minimum stress.

This maximizes their rehabilitation and affords them the best chance of survival when released back into the wild.

Through continued research, education and awareness programs, the APPS, a project driven by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) in conjunction with tourism partners Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises, aims to mitigate the human impact on marine bird colonies.

Definitely worth a visit!

Find the sanctuary on your way from Gansbaai to Kleinbaai, on the corner turning off to Franskraal.

Scrumptious cakes and drinks await you, while watching these upright black and white birds.

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