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Seabird & Penguin Rehabilitation Internship
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About SAPREC

 SAPREC, Seabird and Penguin Rehabilitation Center, was established and recognized by Cape Nature in March 2005. SAPREC was founded by Carol Walton who has been working with penguins and seabirds for over twenty years. She initially started rehabilitating penguins and seabirds in need in her garage. This proved inadequate and with the help of Dr Frans de Graaff from Hartenbos Dierehospitaal established the rehabilitation centre in Mossindustria, Mossel Bay. Dr de Graaff has been a huge pillar of support to the sanctuary by giving his time and most of his treatments for free.

Carol started the rehab centre with the fundamental reason of rehabilitating seabirds and penguins with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Many of the seabirds

being rehabilitated are under threat and are in dire need of centers like SAPREC to help with the fight against the decline in biodiversity. The African Penguin especially is declining at a rapid rate and is on the endangered list.

Most of these are sick or injured birds as well as very thin and weak juveniles not getting enough food to survive their first year at sea. Rehabilitating these birds gives them a better chance at survival and in the long run may even help with the survival of the species.

At the Marine Protection Project we are proud to support the invaluable work done by the SAPREC team and to work with them through our internships. 

contribute to valuable conservation

About SAPREC

SAPREC, Seabird and Penguin Rehabilitation Center, was established and recognized by Cape Nature in March 2005. SAPREC was founded by Carol Walton who has been working with penguins and seabirds for over twenty years. She initially started rehabilitating penguins and seabirds in need in her garage. This proved inadequate and with the help of Dr Frans de Graaff from Hartenbos Dierehospitaal established the rehabilitation centre in Mossindustria, Mossel Bay. Dr de Graaff has been a huge pillar of support to the sanctuary by giving his time and most of his treatments for free.

Carol started the rehab centre with the fundamental reason of rehabilitating seabirds and penguins with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Many of the seabirds being rehabilitated are under threat and are in dire need of centers like SAPREC to help with the fight against the decline in biodiversity. The African Penguin especially is declining at a rapid rate and is on the endangered list.

Most of these are sick or injured birds as well as very thin and weak juveniles not getting enough food to survive their first year at sea. Rehabilitating these birds gives them a better chance at survival and in the long run may even help with the survival of the species.

At the Marine Protection Project we are proud to support the invaluable work done by the SAPREC team and to work with them through our internships.

an experience of a lifetime

Our Penguin Internship

Always loved penguins? Interested in learning more about seabird rehabilitation and husbandry? Want to work with some of South Africa’s endangered species?

In collaboration with the Seabird & Penguin Rehabilitation Centre in Mossel Bay we are proud to offer the Marine Protection Project Penguin Internship. 

During this seabird and penguin dedicated internship you will learn:

  •  Seabird and penguin rescue protocols
  •  Seabird and penguin husbandy
  •  Seabird and penguin rehabilitation
  •  Seabird and penguin release procedures

You will work closely with the team at SAPREC and gain hands-on experience of working with endangered species.

Upon completition of this internship you will receive a certificate in seabird husbandy and rehabilitation.

We also welcome applications from university students who wish to conduct research focused on the seabirds and African penguins. To discuss your research plan please contact us.

Please note that all of our interns are able to obtain hands-on experience working with sick or injured seabirds found in the Mossel Bay area at SAPREC once a week. Learn more about our main internship.

The Last March For The African Penguin

The African penguin is projected to be extinct in the wild by 2026. Can you help the vital work SAPREC do for this endangered species?