Celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day on 17 October

17 October 2015 (Saturday) is African Penguin Awareness Day, dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin – the only penguin endemic to the African continent.

African Penguin ©Francois-Louw-SANCCOB

African Penguin ©Francois-Louw-SANCCOB

Join the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and the South African National Parks – Table Mountain National Park (SANParks) for the annual Penguin Festival at Boulder’s Beach (Simon’s Town, Western Cape).  As is customary every year, the Penguin festival is officially opened with a beach release of African penguins, as they waddle their way back into the wild at Seaforth Beach (Simon’s Town) at 10h00. Parking may be found at the Seaforth beach parking area – be sure to arrive early to find the perfect viewpoint on the beach for this special occasion.

African Penguin Awareness Day 2014  ©Nick King

African Penguin Awareness Day 2014 ©Nick King

After the release, festival goers can stroll along the scenic Boulders Beach boardwalk to the parking area in front of the Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant (Bellevue Road) for the festival activities. Fun attractions on the day include an interactive LEGO Build display, kiddies games, face-painting, a treasure hunt, jumping castle, live animal talks and food stalls for young and old. Entry to the festival is free and runs until 14h00.

Exhibitions from City of Cape Town, SANParks, SANCCOB, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) will be on display on the day.

Less than 2% of the African penguin population remain in the wild today. Together, SANCCOB, SANParks and their partners in conservation are at the forefront of saving the charismatic African penguin species. All proceeds from the festival are donated to SANCCOB in support of their African penguin conservation work.

African Penguin,  Penguin Festival ©Wilna Wilkinson (SANCCOB)

African Penguin, Penguin Festival ©Wilna Wilkinson (SANCCOB)

What you can do to help to conserve African penguins

Start your own fundraising campaign for SANCCOB with Just Giving: home.justgiving.com


Cape Point Route loves African Penguin Awareness Day (& penguins) 

African Penguin © Francois Louw (SANCCOB)

African Penguin © Francois Louw (SANCCOB)

Cape Point Route also offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call 021 789 0093 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za

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