First South African penguin hatchling of 2015 released to the wild

On April 30, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), a long-time International Fund for Animal Welfare partner, successfully released its first African penguin hatchling of 2015.

Brought in as an abandoned egg from the Boulders Beach penguin colony in Simon’s Town by penguin monitors from South African National Parks (SANParks), AP25 (African penguin number 25 of 2015) hatched in SANCCOB’s Chick Rearing Unit in Cape Town in January and weighed a healthy 64.25 grams.

After three months of careful hand-rearing and steadily gaining weight up to 2.75 kg, AP25 was released at the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty’s Bay with the help of colony managers, CapeNature.

As a vital component of the Chick Bolstering Project, the rescue and hand-rearing of orphaned chicks has been identified as an essential and successful conservation intervention to save the dwindling population of the only penguin endemic to the African continent. 

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