With only 50,000 individuals and less than 25,000 breeding pairs left in the wild, the #africanpenguinis one of the world’s most #endangered #penguinspecies.
If you know anything about our keepers, the wild counterparts of the animals in their care, they need just as much love as their animals back home.
Audrey Walker, one of our bird keepers, spent 13 days in #CapeTown, #southafricavolunteering with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds ( #SANCCOB), not only caring for and releasing African penguins back into the wild, but also rescuing and rehabilitating other native birds, such as cormorants, terns, gulls, ducks and pelicans.
SANCCOB’s mission, one we wholeheartedly support here at the Zoo, is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds, as well as endangered species like the African penguin. The organization, to date, has treated more than 90,000 oiled, ill, injured or abandoned African penguins and other threatened seabirds. (Photo by: Audrey Walker, bird keeper)
Visit us over on #facebookfor more photos of Audrey's adventure!
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