The annual Simon’s Town Penguin Festival was held on 2 and 3 October 2010 at the Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, and coincided with African Penguin Awareness Day which is celebrated worldwide on Saturday, 2 October. MyPlanet took the opportunity to attend the event, sign up new supporters for SANNCOB and view the penguin release.

Visitors had the opportunity to witness the return of a group of African penguins to the wild. The penguin release took place on Seaforth Beach in Simon’s Town. These birds completed their 4-week rehabilitation at the SANCCOB centre in Table View before they were declared fit and ready to return to the wild, where they will return to their breeding colonies again. African penguins have recently been reclassified as ENDANGERED on the IUCN Red Data list and everything possible needs to be done to conserve them.

SANCCOB and SANParks teamed up for the 10th environmental kids festival held at Boulders Beach. Activities included a jumping castle, pop-a-balloon, puppet show, meeting SANCCOB’s Ambassador Penguins, Birds of Prey display and The Snake Man.

“Die Nutsman”, Riaan Garforth-Venter, attended the festival and worked alongside 10 lucky kids, who were chosen to build owl houses under his expert guidance. This activity was great fun and was enjoyed by the spectators watching the budding carpenters at work.

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet attended this festival alongside other environmental organizations and groups such as SASSI, Save Our Seas, SANParks, etc. New SANCCOB supporters were recruited and awareness created for MyPlanet towards raising funds for the environment.

  

Building owl houses at the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival...Riaan Garforth-Venter with Monique Ruthenberg, SANParks section ranger (on the left), and Riaan in action, building an owl house (on the right).

MyPlanet at the Simon’s Town Penguin Festiva. Recruiting new MyPlanet support (from left to right) Jennie Bancroft from Table View, Adéle Bain (MySchool Community Organiser), Evanne and Terry Rothwell from Fish Hoek.

Meeting SANCCOB’s Ambassador Penguins. SANCCOB brought two of their ambassador penguins along – an African penguin and a Rockhopper penguin. Seen on this photo is ambassador Rocky, a Rockhopper penguin.

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