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May07

Rare sighting of a King penguin washes up on Hout Bay beach, South Africa

Sunday, 07 May 2017 Hits 11492 Categories Wildlife News | Birds

Rare sighting of a King penguin washes up on Hout Bay beach, South Africa

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. 

Feb16

Endangered African penguins stuck in ecological trap due to overfishing

Thursday, 16 February 2017 Hits 16476 Categories Wildlife News | Birds

Endangered African penguins stuck in ecological trap due to overfishing

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.  

Jun18

First group of rehabilitated penguins to be released after the recent mystery oil spill in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

Thursday, 18 June 2015 Hits 5315 Categories Wildlife News | Birds | Oil

First group of rehabilitated penguins to be released after the recent mystery oil spill in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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. 

Oct08

South Africa: SANCCOB releases 100th African penguin from the SELI 1 oil slick

Monday, 08 October 2012 Hits 3426 Categories Wildlife News | Birds

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.

Sep18

South Africa: Bird ringers, birders can help with studies on invasive species

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 Hits 13165 Categories Wildlife News | Birds

South Africa: Bird ringers, birders can help with studies on invasive species

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.

Jun28

Kenya: Nakuru airport planned in high danger zone

Thursday, 28 June 2012 Hits 8122 Categories Habitat News | In Focus | Birds

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.

May31

Kenya: Two Rare Bird Species in Taita Forests Face Extinction

Thursday, 31 May 2012 Hits 5135 Categories Wildlife News | Birds

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.

Jan22

Tanzania: Wetlands Are Habitat for Common Bishop Birds

Sunday, 22 January 2012 Hits 3503 Categories Birds

Dec13

Namibia: Where Do Wounded Birds Go?

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 Hits 3861 Categories Birds

Nov04

Kenya: Celebrating Vultures at Ol Pejeta

Friday, 04 November 2011 Hits 3243 Categories Birds

May12

Namibia: Human Land Use Endangers Migratory Birds

Thursday, 12 May 2011 Hits 3163 Categories Birds

Jan24

Uganda: 140 Parrots Recovered in Wakiso District

Monday, 24 January 2011 Hits 3384 Categories Birds

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