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SANCCOB Rehabilitation Centre- a review

To celebrate World penguin day and we booked a tour with SANCCOB Rehabilitation centre in Tableview, Cape Town.

About SANCCOB

SANCCOB is a non-profit organization conserving sea birds like the endangered African penguin with the primary objective to reverse the decline of the sea bird population through Rehabilitation,  release, care and education.
They offer school and private tours as well as the opportunity to support the hard work they do through egg and penguin adoptions and through the sale of ocean related merchandise.

About our visit

I pre-booked our tour that morning and we headed off to the centre, which is down the road from us.
We arrived 5 minutes before hand, as requested, but unfortunately, there was a school visiting and so our tour started 10 minutes later than expected. We also waited quite a while for assistance as they were busy and then it took some time to fill in the forms. I must admit trying to keep an excited Hamish busy through this waiting period was not at all easy, especially as he saw all the other kids.
I do wish we’d been informed of the school visit, as I would have booked a tour later to avoid overcrowding.
We did not get off to a good start at all as the one guide told us we were in time for the feedings with the other guide informing us that we could infact not watch the feedings as with the school children we were too big a crowd.
Hamish, who was sure he was going to see penguins eat was most disappointed, as was I.
However,  our guide Sim was amazing with Hamish and incredibly knowledgeable as he walked us through the centre.
We were able to see the nursery, learn how long it takes penguins to hatch. See the behind the scenes of how much value volunteers are to this amazing organisation.
The centre has a dedicated washing room, kitchen and vet on site. All to ensure the birds are well cared for and healthy.
Hamish got to see the fish used to feed the birds and preserved a penguin tounge and heart- which we found really interesting.
Lastly we saw the penguin area where the birds are rehabilitated and taught to swim in a colour coded manner to assess when they are ready for release.
All the birds are tagged and in the event of an oil drill the centre has a dedicated space to clean the birds.

My thoughts

It was wonderful to learn more about how this wonderful NGO operates and to see the dedication of the staff and volunteers.
Hamish walked away with so much more knowledge about African penguins.
I must admit I wouldn’t recommend this for young children as it’s definitely a more an educational than an entertaining outing. My recommendation would be for children 8 and older. As there were many moments where the tour was too long and not hands on enough for our busy 5 year old.

How you can help SANCCOB

There are many ways that you can assist SANCCOB
  • Financial donation
  • Adopt an egg, chicken or penguin
  • Shop from their online or on premises store
  • Volunteer your time
  • Donate goods like towels, wet suits, teddy bears for the baby chick’s to snuggle with

Notes

To learn more visit www.sanccob.co.za
Please remembered you need to pre-book your tour.
Prices R60 adult
            R50 child
Posted in Parenting

Plastic free July

TAKE THE CHALLENGE THIS JULY

Plastic Free July began with humble beginings in Perth in 2011 and has grown from a handful of participants, to millions of people taking part in more than 150 countries worldwide.

The challenge is to refuse all single-use plastic during July.

What is single use plastic ?

Single-use plastic items include plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging — anything that’s intended to only be used only once and then discarded.

Join the challenge

Click here to find out more Plastic Free July Challenge and take the challenge to refuse all single-use plastic this July.

Change in behaviour

The Plastic Free July campaign raises the awareness of our growing plastic waste problem by encouraging and supporting behaviour change.

By helping people to avoid single-use / disposable plastic through educating the general public and highlighting the cause.

It’s not however, just about changing our own behaviour but about also sharing solutions and being part of a wider movement for long term change.

Community groups, businesses, schools and other organisations can all participate in Plastic Free July and join the global

#breakfreefromplastic movement.

Ambassadors

In our home alot of the changes have occured long before July. We love nature and I feel it’s our obligation to model the behaviour we want our children to follow.

We use reusable bottles and I rushed out to buy myself a refillable mug to take with me so as not to use disposables.

I’ve made an effort to start shopping for products that have less packaging and recycle most of our trash.

We don’t buy what we dont need and donate items we can’t use anymore to organisations that can use them.

Lifestyle

As much as the highlight for reducing our plastic footprints on the Earth is in July I do believe we need to model a lifestyle that our children will be proud to follow and that allows our world to sustain us a little longer.

🐾I’d love to hear what you and your family are doing for plastic free July