The South African Foundation
for the Conservation of Coastal birds

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal birds (SANCCOB), a Cape Town based organization which has rescued more than 40 000 sea birds, of which three quarters have been African Penguins. SANCCOB is renowned world wide for its success rate in treating birds and releasing them back into their colonies where they breed. In a major Cape Town harbor spill last year, 97% of oiled African Penguins survived treatment and were released back into the wild. SANCCOB has the only facility for dealing with oiled sea birds in Africa and is one of only 10 such facilities in the world. The SANCCOB Rehabilitation Centre at Rietvlei has an intensive care unit, a small laboratory and several facilities catering to the injuries of sea birds. Although SANCCOB has grown tremendously in the last 30 years, the premises at Rietvlei are in desperate need of renovation. The Organisation is currently planning to improve its facilities and will be launching a campaign to raise the funds required.  If you would like to volunteer or make a donation, please contact SANCOBB at Tel: 021 557 6155 or email c/o

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