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WWF Press Release: 08 August 2000 onwards

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Penguins Rescue Update no 19: 08 August 2000, 13:30

WF DONATES FUNDS TO SANCCOB The World Wide Fund For Nature South Africa today (8 August 2000) donated R623 000 to SANCCOB (SA National Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds). The grant is made up of donations from members of the public, WWF's corporate members and a substantial donation from an anonymous foreign donor.

The cheque hand-over coincided with the release today of more than 200 rehabilitated penguins at the Milnerton Lighthouse, Cape Town. SANCCOB is still taking care of some 14 500 birds at their Rietvlei and Salt River centres.

WWF-SA had previously funded the evacuation of the un-oiled penguins from Dassen Island, their transport by road to Port Elizabeth and the ringing of penguins by the Animal Demography Unit.

"The response from individual and corporate donors have been overwhelming," said Dr Rob Little, Director of Conservation of WWF-SA, who handed the cheque to Ms Estelle van der Merwe, Manager of Sanccob. Dr Little also congratulated SANCCOB with a phenomenally successful rehabilitation operation. "We thank all the donors, organisations involved, professional helpers and the thousands of volunteers who contributed to the huge effort of saving 43 000 endangered African penguins."

According to Mr Paul Britton, Chairman of SANCCOB, the donation will be used to help fund fish and medication for the birds.

"SANCCOB appreciates all the assistance and thanks everyone who had contributed to this fund," said Ms Estelle van der Merwe. She stressed that SANCCOB will still need the assistance of volunteers to help care for the birds until mid-September. Volunteers can phone one of the following two numbers: (021) 480 7726 / 29.