A monumental milestone was achieved in the conservation of the African penguin and other marine birds with the opening of a custom-designed, world-class rehabilitation centre. The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai will provide temporary rehabilitative care to displaced, injured, oiled and abandoned marine birds, with a special focus on the endangered African penguin.
Featuring a unique rehabilitation area with a specialised floor, laboratory and clinic, the APSS is the first of its kind in the world. Rehabilitation techniques will be honed to afford birds in treatment minimum stress. This maximises their rehabilitation and affords them the best chance of survival when released back into the wild.
Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, who officially opened the centre, says projects of this nature are about the common good – good for the environment, the community and the country as a whole.
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