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The past few years, three Mystic Aquarium staff members have worked at the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in South Africa. They go there to help hand-rear over 300 abandoned African penguin chicks and prepare them for survival in the ocean. The African penguin population is endangered and has declined over 60% since 2001.
Supervisor of Penguins and Pinnipeds Laurie Macha, Senior Trainer of Penguins and Pinnipeds Tracy Camp, and Penguin Trainer Josh Davis take turns spending time at SANCCOB. Travel expenses for Laurie, Tracy and Josh were made possible through funds raised by Mystic Aquarium's annual Penguin Run/Walk held each October.
This year Josh Davis spent Thanksgiving Day traveling to help SANCCOB with the abandoned chicks. They've already received over 400 of them!He'll be there until mid-December. Follow along here!
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Skittish African Penguins cross a road on Robben Island in South Africa.
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