World Seabird conference and SANCCOB visit, October 2015

Bridey White attended and presented at the World Seabird Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, held from the 26th to the 30th of October. It was an international conference that attracted over 600 attendees with various skills and experience, and some of the great names in seabird science and research. The conference included some of the latest information on seabird research, conservation, care and rehabilitation; Bridey presented in the Impacts of Oil Spills symposia.

In addition to attending the conference Bridey was also able to spend a week at SANCCOB and half a day at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. SANCCOB is a rehabilitation organization that protects, conserves and treats seabirds and other sea-life. SANCCOB receives up to 1500 penguins per year, ranging in ages and stages from chicks right through to adults. Chick rearing at SANCOOB has been undertaken for some years, but they have refined their practices over time and it is evident in the success they now experience. It was an awesome opportunity to discuss some of the protocols they use, especially in dealing with such large numbers. Bridey was able to observe and discuss penguin chick rearing protocols and volunteer management strategies, both of which could be incorporated into Wildbase’s rehabilitation and oil response plans.

The Two Oceans Aquarium is both a tourist attraction and a conservation organisation, caring for and rearing a wide variety of marine-life. Bridey received valuable insight into the care and management of sea turtles (Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley) by the Head Aquarist and the veterinary team. At the time of her visit in October, the aquarium had already had 200 turtles through their facility for treatment and rehabilitation; something that may need to be in the future for New Zealand with rising temperatures. 

Sea Turtle Penguin Chick

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