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Penguin Festival 2011

Posted by Simon Cox September - 1 - 2011 Comments Off on Penguin Festival 2011

Penguin Festival 2011

Dates:  13 – 16 October 2011
Location:  Boulders Beach Lodge parking area, Simon’s Town

The Simon’s Town penguin festival promises a weekend of fun for kids and adults alike in celebration of a group of very special ‘Capetonians’ who, sporting their black and white tuxedo’s, charm the crowds with their endearing mannerism.

To remind us all that 2010 is the International year of Biodiversity – the festival theme is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’.  Come dressed for the occasion and stand a chance to win a prize for your outfit.

The highlight of the weekend is the release of rehabilitated African penguins back into the wild to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day on the Saturday morning – to officially declare the festival open.  Times and the location of the beach release will be announced in the press closer to the time.  It is truly a day of celebration as penguin lovers across the globe host their own activities to celebrate these wonderful creatures and to raise awareness about their fragile status in the wild.

For the 10th consecutive year Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant continues to raise funds for SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) at an annual auction.  SANCCOB is the sole beneficiary of this prestigious event where business people and individuals bid with their hearts in a show of generosity – to raise funds for the conservation of these precious penguins.

Educational Weekend provisional program –
Co-hosted by  SANParks and SANCCOB’s Education Department.
Location:  Boulders Beach Lodge and parking area, Simon’s Town
The weekend is aimed at children primarily and SANParks puts up a great show for the kids.  SANParks and SANCCOB’s Education Department, are joined by their partners in conservation, to provide innovative educational entertainment.

The 2010 line-up includes –
·    African Penguin Awareness Day – 2 October 10am  :  SANCCOB releases rehabilitated African penguins back into the wild
·    Meet SANCCOB’s African penguin ambassador
·    Snake show
·    Raptor show
·    Jumping castle
·    Games i.e. pop a balloon
·    Food stalls
·    And more…!!

SANCCOB saves seabirds 365 days a year.  Since they started in 1968 SANCCOB has admitted more than 86 000 seabirds.   To find out more about the valuable rehabilitation and emergency services which they provide, visit www.sanccob.co.za.  SANCCOB runs educational programmes, with a special outreach to children in the poorer communities in and around Cape Town, offers centre-based tours for groups, is actively involved in research, contributes towards advocacy on seabirds and has a Training Institute.

Should you wish to donate towards the auction, or to support SANCCOB financially, please contact the SANCCOB Fundraiser, Margaret Roestorf at             021 557 6155

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