African Penguin

penguinsAfrican penguins have been declining in abundance for the past century with the decrease becoming faster in recent years. There is concern that if this continues this iconic and well-loved species may become extinct in the near future. The decline is due to a variety of causes.

The Penguin Promises campaign is a WAZA branded project - #15004. It intends to educate people about the conservation of African penguins. A number of organisations nationally work towards this end. Locally these include SANCCOB (the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), SAMREC (the South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre) at Cape Recife, SAAMBR at uShaka in Durban, Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, BAYWORLD (PE Museum) in Port Elizabeth, Dyer Island Trust in Gansbaai, SANPARKS at Boulders and National Zoo in Pretoria to name but a few. In most years organisations through South Africa affiliated with the Penguin Promises campaign undertake a “penguin waddle” to raise awareness. This initiative is spearheaded by the annual “Waddle for a week” from Gansbaai to Boulders which incorporates all the breeding colonies along this stretch of coastline.
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Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project

Conservation programmes March 2014 html 7436be8bWelcome to the Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project and big, black, booming birds in general. We would like to ensure that this site contains all you need to know about ground-hornbills and their conservation. The charismatic Southern Ground-Hornbill (SGH, Bucorvus leadbeateri) is a bird that many people already know well. They are culturally important as the ‘thunder' or 'rain’ birds and are a flagship species for the savannah biome (along with cheetah, white rhino and several vulture species)

At present, Southern Ground-Hornbills are considered internationally as ‘Vulnerable’ throughout their range in Africa by the IUCN, but within South Africa they have been classified as ‘Endangered' [1], with their numbers outside of formally protected areas are still declining. It is even likely that the birds will soon meet the IUCN Red Data List Criteria as being ‘Critically Endangered’ in South Africa.

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Wattled Crane Recovery Programme (WCRP)

Conservation programmes March 2014 html m5cb5f8fbWattled Crane Recovery Programme (WCRP) is a conservation initiative aimed at preventing local extinction of the Wattled Crane through the collection of abandoned eggs from wild birds and the subsequent release of captive-reared chicks back into the wild. Please visit for more information

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