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Release of Rescued African Penguins in South Africa 

And They're Off!
Georgia Aquarium Releases Rehabilitated African Penguins in South Africa

December 8, 2016

Today is a great day! Earlier this morning, in coordination with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), we helped release 23 rescued and rehabilitated African penguin chicks at Stony Point in Cape Town, South Africa. Over the years, more and more penguin chicks have been stranding, averaging between 600 and 900 birds a year. These penguin chicks need help due to a lot of factors, such as oil spills, food shortage, and degrading habitats. Check out the photos from the release below, and visit our Facebook page to watch the Facebook Live video of the release here

SANCCOB team member, Marguerite du Preez (L), with Georgia Aquarium team member, Kristen Hannigan (R).

Two African penguins at SANCCOB facility in Cape Town, South Africa.

Georgia Aquarium team member, Kristen Hannigan, during a feeding with an African penguin chick at SANCCOB in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kristen Hannigan (C), senior trainer at Georgia Aquarium, releases penguin chicks that were rehabilitated by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town, South Africa

Kristen Hannigan, senior trainer at Georgia Aquarium watches as the group of rehabilitated African penguin chicks swim into the bay.

The dedicated and passionate team at SANCCOB works around-the-clock to care for and rehabilitate abandoned African penguin chicks along with other coastal seabirds. We are happy to donate to their cause, both financially and through sending our own penguin care experts to lend a hand. Our penguin conservation efforts don’t stop at SANCCOB. We are dedicated to the research and conservation of African penguins, while also hoping to inspire and educate our guests about this amazing species. Stay up-to-date with everything penguin related by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be on the lookout in early 2017 for penguin chicks right here at Georgia Aquarium!

We encourage you to follow our team's journey at SANCCOB on Georgia Aquarium’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles. Join in on conversation with hashtag #GASavesPenguins.You can learn more about our conservation efforts with African penguins here. To learn how you can support SANCCOB’s efforts, visit them online here.

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