penguins in rehab

On South Africa’s Western Cape, some of the remaining populations of Africa’s only penguin try to adapt to increasing environmental pressure.

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1 x 15'

Production Company

WaterBear Network





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Once extremely numerous, the African penguin population has plummeted from one million breeding pairs to a tiny fraction of this figure. Commercial fishing, marine pollution, and habitat destruction have taken their toll. Due to increasing pressure, the African penguin could be wiped out within a decade without active intervention. In face of this uncertainty, the penguins have steadfast allies on land - the dedicated teams at The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary. The team operates a 24-hour emergency rescue service which can deal with any type of crisis, from entanglement to oil spills. The mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release back into the wild.

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