A King penguin – rare to South African oceans – is currently under the professional care of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) after being discovered in arrested moult on Hout Bay’s main beach on Thursday, 27 April 2017. SANCCOB was notified of the penguin’s presence by a retired marine scientist, who carefully secured the penguin until a SANCCOB official safely collected it and admitted it to SANCCOB’s seabird centre in Table View.
New research indicates that juvenile African penguins are continuously foraging in areas of low food availability due to climate change and overfishing. The research conducted by an international group of scientists over the span of three years, highlights alarming results for the already endangered African penguin species, the only penguin endemic to the African continent.
Thirty oiled African penguins and four orphaned African penguin chicks were admitted from Bird and St. Croix islands over the past three weeks, after being rescued by rangers from the Marine Section of the Addo Elephant National Park (SANParks). The first seven penguins will be heading back into the wild on 20 June at Seal Point Lighthouse (Cape St. Francis) after being succesffully rehabilitated and approved for release by SANCCOB’s veterinary team.
Since the SELI 1 caused a major oil slick off Table Bay on Saturday, 1 September 2012, SANCCOB admitted a total of 254 seabirds to their centre in Table View for rehabilitation. The birds admitted included 219 oiled, endangered African penguins, 2 oiled Cape Gannets, 33 penguin chicks and 3 eggs that were abandoned as a result of their parents being oiled. With the help of the dedicated staff and volunteers of SANCCOB, the last of the oiled birds were washed on 19 September and were admitted for rehabilitation together with the other birds affected by the oil slick.
Scientists who are investigating the spread of invasive bird species in South Africa have asked avid bird ringers and birders to take more careful note of the presence of possible invading species, in an effort to help future related research projects.
The airport will be situated in direct conflict to one of the world's highest concentrations of bird movements thus posing a major threat to the environment, as well as to human life. Few conservationists, it seems, would deny Nakuru having a rationally placed and safe airport. However the proposed Nakuru Airport is planned to be situated in direct conflict to one of the world's highest concentrations of bird movements. This poses a potential major threat to the environment, as well as to human life. The planned site is adjacent to two protected areas: Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy, with two lakes - Elmenteita and Nakuru - both part of a Unesco World Heritage Site.
SOME unique plants and bird species at the Taita Hills forests have become extinct, a conservationist has said. They attributed the extinction to serious environmental degradation at the forests. "Illegal loggers are to blame for the destruction of the environment, a move that is threatening the survival of the unique plants and birds species at the forests," said Taita Taveta Forum official Dawson Mwanyumba.