Preparing to release the healed and recovered penguins from their boxes into the ocean

Sunny send-off for penguins at Stony Point

On the bright and sunny morning of 28 October 2017 – in the late spring, albeit a trifle gusty from the south-east – a whole bunch of recovered African penguins (from a variety of setbacks) was released back into the ocean at Stony Point, Betty's Bay. Thanks to interventions from SANCCOB and CapeNature, these plucky little creatures could heal sufficiently to rejoin their colony and resume their amazing lives again. Sending them off were, among others, CapeNature CEO Dr Razeena Omar, SANCCOB Executive Director Dr Stephen van der Spuy, ward councillor Fanie Krige, penguin handler and Stony Point expert Cuan McGeorge, Kogelberg Nature Reserve Manager Mark Johns, and many other interested and involved supporters. Not all the birds were immediately chuffed with the prospect of regaining their wild freedom in the Atlantic Ocean ... and a few were gently coaxed into at least giving it a go!

Heading off, out of their safe and cosy boxes after being assisted by CapeNature and SANCCOB in healing from painful and unfortunate setbacks ... hopefully to horizons as bright as the sea around them at Stony Point, Betty's Bay! And hopefully to be more fortunate this time around.

Dr Stephen van der Spuy of SANCCOB showing onlookers pictures of penguin injuries that had been sustained before rehabilitation
Preparing to release the healed and recovered penguins from their boxes into the ocean
Looking on as the first penguins tentatively take to the water
Cuan McGeorge of CapeNature encouraging a hesitant little fellow to join the others
Hey, we are not so sure of this freedom thing ...
A brave bunch testing their new-found freedom and strength
Photos. Lisel Krige

Captions from left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Dr Stephen van der Spuy of SANCCOB showing onlookers pictures of penguin injuries that had been sustained before rehabilitation.
  2. Preparing to release the healed and recovered penguins from their boxes into the ocean.
  3. Looking on as the first penguins tentatively take to the water ...
  4. Cuan McGeorge of CapeNature encouraging a hesitant little fellow to join the others.
  5. Hey, we are not so sure of this freedom thing ...
  6. A brave bunch testing their new-found freedom and strength.

  Vol 4, Issue 3 – November 2017
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