Working closely with CapeNature, and other stakeholders we have identified the De Hoop Nature Reserve as a suitable site to relocate African Penguins from the Atlantic west coast.
Penguins tried to breed at De Hoop Nature Reserve naturally in the early 2000s but abandoned the colony due to predation. The waters around the De Hoop Nature Reserve (5 km out to sea) have been declared a Marine Protected Area and we know penguins from Dassen Island on the west coast frequently forage in this area through GPS tracking data.
With the installation of a fence to deter predators and attraction methods such as penguin decoys and penguin calls broadcast from speakers, we hope to show real penguins it’s a safe place to rest one’s feathers and, if successful, start a new and sustainable colony.
With everything set up and ready for the penguins at De Hoop, we’ll continue investigating another site in Plettenberg Bay site with the aid of funds raised on 505050.org and the support of the Nature’s Valley Trust and BirdLife Plettenberg Bay.