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Media Release: iKapa Honorary Rangers help TMNP with endangered African Penguin nest boxes

Date: 2008-11-12

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iKapa Honorary Rangers have launched a campaign to purchase specially designed penguin nest boxes for the Boulders Penguin Colony which is part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

iKapa Honorary Rangers have launched a campaign to purchase specially designed penguin nest boxes for the Boulders Penguin Colony which is part of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).

This campaign is in response to a decline in the endangered African Penguin population. The population of African Penguins has experienced a dramatic decline in recent years to only 120 000 birds.

The nest boxes are specially designed to protect eggs from predators and juveniles from heat exhaustion which is having an impact on the populations of these charismatic sea birds.

The project is to supply 100 nesting boxes to Boulders Penguin Colony and to educate the public about the plight of the penguins. The public can sponsor a nesting box for a donation of R200 per box-the supplier is contributing the other R200 for a total cost of R400 per box.

A map of the numbered nest boxes with sponsor’s names will be on display at Boulders Penguin Colony. Sponsors will also receive a pamphlet on the African Penguin and a letter of thanks from Table Mountain National Park with a map of the nest box placements.

iKapa Honorary Rangers will hand each sponsor a “Friends of SANParks” (South African National Parks) certificate acknowledging their sponsorship and contribution to conservation of the African Penguin.

Members of the public who would like to contribute to saving the African Penguin can contact iKapa Honorary Rangers:

Issued by:
John Elford, HR 278, iKapa Honorary Rangers -“Volunteers in Conservation”, johnel@iafrica.com, cell: 083 2539213

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