Waddle this way at festival

2015-10-06 06:00

Celebrate the African penguin at the annual Penguin Festival on Saturday 17 October.

Wilna Wilkinson/ SANCCOB

Celebrate the African penguin at the annual Penguin Festival on Saturday 17 October. PHOTO: Wilna Wilkinson/ SANCCOB

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Join the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) and Sanparks for the annual Penguin Festival at Boulder’s Beach on Saturday 17 October.

The date marks African Penguin Awareness Day, dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin – the only penguin endemic to the African continent. Less than 2% of the African penguin population remains in the wild today.

Sanccob, Sanparks and their partners in conservation are at the forefront of saving this charismatic penguin species. All proceeds from the festival are donated to Sanccob in support of its African penguin conservation work.

As is customary every year, the Penguin festival is officially opened with a beach release of African penguins, as they waddle their way back into the wild at Seaforth Beach at 10:00.

Parking may be found at the Seaforth Beach parking area. Be sure to arrive early to find the perfect viewpoint on the beach.

After the release, you can stroll along the Boulders Beach boardwalk to the parking area in front of the Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant for the festival activities.

Fun attractions on the day include an interactive Lego build display, children’s games, face-painting, a treasure hunt, jumping castle, live animal talks and food stalls.

Entry to the festival is free and it runs until 14:00.

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