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|January 11, 2013 - Josh Davis|
I can't believe how quickly the days go by here at SANCCOB! With around 60 African penguin chicks in each pen plus a variety of flighted birds such as kelp gulls, cormorants and gannets, the work never stops. However, since there are two people assigned to each pen (when there are enough people) I've been able to meet people from all around the world. In addition to local volunteers like Margaret and Gay who have helped since the Treasure oil spill in 2000, I've had the opportunity to make friends with volunteers from Germany, England, Australia and even the United States.
It's not only fun to meet new people, but it's great to see people from all over the world coming together to help the African penguins. Their population has declined over 60% since 2001. At that rate it's possible they could be extinct by the year 2025. With those frightening facts in mind it's great to see others coming to SANCCOB to help out. For those interested in helping SANCCOB, but can't travel to South Africa please check out their website, www.sanccob.co.za, for other ways to help, including adopting a penguin chick!
Skittish African Penguins cross a road on Robben Island in South Africa.
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