African Penguin with Artificial Penguin home – Credit Dyer Island Conservation Trust
The Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai, Western Cape has been officially involved in the conservation of the endangered African Penguin since 2006 with their unique housing project forming part of the biodiversity management plan for this species. Their latest project is very exciting as they build the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS), a first in the Overberg area and a crucial conservation facility for seabirds, especially the nearby colonies of African Penguin on Dyer Island and Stony Point.
The facility will have a fully equipped laboratory and Labotec have donated a 224l Labocool Fridge. Operations Manager Alouise Lynch stated, “This fridge will be ideal for storage of samples and we are extremely grateful to Labotec for this kind donation. Our goal is 100% release rate of African Penguins and an onsite laboratory will help us provide quick and effective individualised treatment which will assist us to achieve this crucial conservation goal” The facility officially opens on the 26th Feb 2015.