The African penguin may become extinct within the next 15 years.
The African penguins are undergoing very rapid population declines. The initial records of African penguin populations along the Namibia and South African coastline estimated around one million breeding pairs in the 1920s but these populations have rapidly declined to less than 20 000 pairs.
1920: 1 000 000 breeding pairs
1956: 147 000 breeding pairs
1978: 75 000 breeding pairs
2001: 63 000 breeding pairs
2009: 25 000 breeding pairs
2015: 18 000 breeding pairs
How the Dyer Island Conservation Trust is trying to prevent this from happening
They say “Africa is not for sissies” and as the only penguin species living on the African continent we will not give up easily. We are tenacious survivors especially if we get a little assistance from a place where we can rest & recover from injury, exhaustion or oiling.
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has built us the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) in Gansbaai. This custom-designed sanctuary provides all marine birds in the Overstrand area with a second chance. They offer temporary rehabilitative care if we are sick, displaced, injured, oiled or abandoned.