To date, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) has admitted 36 oiled African Penguins and 165 oiled Cape Gannets. This includes 67 Cape gannets that were rescued yesterday from Bird Island by the Marine Rangers section of Addo Elephant National Park (SANParks).
A team of approximately 30 staff and volunteers have been hard at work hydrating the exhausted oiled gannets. The birds have been partitioned into groups according to their percentage oiling and strength which makes it easier to manage the rehabilitation process. The washing process started yesterday.
Dr Nola Parsons (SANCCOB’s veterinarian) said, “Most of the Cape gannets are strong and in a good condition. The lightly oiled gannets are being washed first and will hopefully be ready for release towards next week pending their pre-release evaluation.”
All the African penguins admitted are heavily oiled and require another couple of days of being fed and hydrated before they will be strong enough for the stressful washing process.
Currently, the team is managing the situation on the ground and require no additional volunteers to assist with the seabird rehabilitation operation.
WE URGE THE PUBLIC NOT TO ATTEMPT TO REMOVE THE OIL FROM ANY PENGUINS OR GANNETS. UPON FINDING OILED SEABIRDS PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT SANCCOB (WILNA WILKINSON – 082 326 4143) OR EDEN BIODIVERSITY AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT (VERNON GIBBS – 072 670 5108) AND THEY WILL ARRANGE FOR COLLECTION.
Press release by SANCCOB.