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The foundation encourages people to help endangered species. “Adopt Penguin Eggs”

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The South African non-profit organization SANCCOB encourages the adoption of Cape penguin eggs. There are currently less than 10,000 pairs of these animals left in the wild. “Instead of paying for chocolate eggs, sponsor the hatching of an endangered bird,” the organization encourages, warning that donors will not be able to take home either the egg or the chick.

The South African Seabird Conservation Foundation (SANCCOB) is collecting donations to cover the costs of incubating Cape penguin eggs. The organization encourages people to “adopt an egg” of a species that is at risk of extinction. There are currently fewer than 10,000 pairs of these birds left in the wild, and their population is declining by about 8 percent annually.

“At this rate, they will be extinct by 2035,” said Ronnis Daniels, head of SANCCOB.

A species threatened with extinction

Cape penguins (Spheniscus demersus), the only species of penguin that breeds on the African continent, is threatened by indiscriminate harvesting of sardines, noise and environmental pollution, especially from ships traveling around Africa and refueling in the Gulf of Algoa. The idea for the adoption campaign came from one of the foundation's volunteers, Nicky Shadbolt, who works at the chick enclosure. – At this time, when everyone is thinking about chocolates and bunnies, I suggest: adopt penguin eggs – said Shadbolt in an interview with Reuters. Raising a penguin – from egg to adult – is very expensive. The foundation obtains eggs from two wild penguin colonies. Four months after hatching, the bird returns to the wild.

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Those willing to adopt and save penguins can sponsor one egg for 300 South African rand (PLN 63), and an adult bird – for 600 to 1,000.

This is what a Cape penguin (Spheniscus demersus) looks like (Shutterstock)

This is what a Cape penguin (Spheniscus demersus) looks like Shutterstock

Main photo source: Reuters

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