The Chick Bolstering Project is partially supported by the Cailfornia Academy of Sciences.
During November a total of 482 African penguin chicks were admitted to SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) for hand-rearing after being abandoned by their moulting parents. Of these, 305 were removed from the Betty’s Bay colony, 173 from Dyer Island and 4 from other areas.On Tuesday, 4 January SANCCOB released 60 birds of which 55 were orphaned chicks (39 from Betty’s Bay, 16 from Dyer Island). Two rehabilitated adults were released with the group of youngsters – one was an oiled bird and the other was a moulting adult with a seal bite wound on its tail which had been rescued with the chicks from Dyer Island. The bird finished its moult and recovered from the wound, and together with the ex-oily they led the little ones to the ocean.
SANCCOB still has a total of 360 chicks at the centre and expects to release another group of approximately 60 birds from a boat close to Robben Island on Friday the 6th of January. Thereafter group releases will take place on a weekly basis. It is anticipated that the tracking devices will be available towards the end of January and deployed on the birds just before they are released.-SANCCOB (Photo:property of SANCCOB)