African Penguin & Seabird Rehabilitation Project

IMG_20141113_183022An exciting opportunity if you are studying Marine Biology or are wanting to become a Zookeeper.

SANCCOB is an internationally recognized leader in oiled wildlife response, rehabilitation and chick-rearing; contributes to research which benefits seabirds; trains people to care for the birds and educates the public to appreciate this unique heritage.

With opportunities to take part in regular boat release programs at Robben Island and exposure to a variety of local seabirds, SANCCOB is an immensely enjoyable and rewarding environment for wildlife lovers and conservation enthusiasts.

The centre is located on the banks of Flamingo Vlei with wonderful views of Table Mountain and Cape Town across the bay. The vlei is also home to an amazing variety of water birds including resident Pelicans, Cormorants and a colony of Pink Flamingos.

As well as learning about the life-cycle and conservation of the African Penguin, which is an endangered species, you will also be very ‘hands – on’ as you are taught how to catch, hold, feed and tube feed a variety of seabirds.

You will also be involved with the many other tasks that need to be carried out daily including the preparation of fish, cleaning the pens, pools and mats, sterilising syringes and many other duties.

TLC Outreach Project (Early Childhood Development)


Today, TLC cares for over 200 families as well as 550 children from six different informal settlements in and around the Table View area. The families that TLC works with in these areas live in poor conditions and, due to poverty and unemployment, are often unable to provide for themselves or even their children. Many of the families live without a father, meaning that the mother has to become the sole breadwinner or, in some families, both parents are absent leaving only an older sibling to care for the younger children. Because of the conditions in these settlements, the children are unable to attend preschool, leaving them unprepared for school. Many of the children also suffer from learning disabilities due to malnutrition, early childhood development issues or foetal alcohol syndrome.


TLC took on the challenge to create programmes to uplift these communities and to give the children living there the skills they need to succeed in life. TLC ensures that each settlement is fed on their allocated days and that their basic needs, such as shelter and clothing, are also attended to. They also engage with the communities in regular educational, motivational and social upliftment programmes.

While at TLC, you will take part in various activities assisting the TLC mentors with their daily tasks, but you will also have an opportunity to make a great difference to the lives of underprivileged families. With TLC you will be able to assist with the rehabilitation of the children and therefore helping to build a better society for all who live in it. You will have an active role in building up the lives of many families and children through feeding projects, educational programmes and social upliftment programmes, which include exciting events such as fun at the beach, various sporting activities and movie outings.

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