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Rehabilitation of Oiled African Penguins: A Conservation Success Story

Rehabilitation of oiled African Penguins:

a conservation success story

The south-western coasts of South Africa are a global hotspot for oil pollution. This is not due to any unusual local negligence but is mostly a consequence of the structural failure of vessels in the challenging seas along the passage between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. One of the primary consequences of this pollution is the oiling of African Penguins Spheniscus demersus. A series of spills in the 1960s led to the establishment of SANCCOB. This booklet, published in 2003, desribes how successful SANCCOB has been rehabilitating African Penguins. Its full reference is
Nel DC & Whittington PA (eds) Rehabilitation of oiled African Penguins: a conservation success story. Cape Town: BirdLife South Africa and the Avian Demography Unit, University of Cape Town.
The full report is available here: Nel_&_Whittington_2000_Rehabilitation_of_Oiled_African_Penguins.pdf.

Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1 The conservation status and impact of oiling on the African Penguin. Deon C Nel, Robert JM Crawford, Nola J Parsons
  • Chapter 2 Post-release survival of rehabilitated African Penguins. Phil A Whittington
  • Chapter 3 Breeding productivity and annual cycle of rehabilitated African Penguins. Anton C Wolfaardt and Deon C Nel
  • Chapter 4 Estimating the demographic benefits of rehabilitating oiled African Penguins. Peter G Ryan
  • Chapter 5 Are African Penguins tough enough? A perspective on the rehabilitation of oiled birds. Les G Underhill