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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 several hundreds of 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, so the survival of every chick is critically important!
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 Senior Trainer Tracy Camp made the trip to South Africa. She's sending blog entries so we can all share in the adventure and excitement of helping save this critically endangered species.
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Skittish African Penguins cross a road on Robben Island in South Africa.
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