GANSBAAI’S PENGUIN PROJECT
It’s not all black and white for penguins – in fact, some rather colourful penguins have made their home in Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa.
The objective of Gansbaai’s Penguin Campaign is to create an interest in Gansbaai’s attractions by encouraging visitors to explore more and stay longer. Eight colourful giant penguins decorated by artists will be placed at sponsored locations throughout Gansbaai.
The campaign officially launched on the Friday, the 23rd of August 2019 at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, where eight colourful penguins gathered to have their photos taken before heading off to their respective ‘homes’.
The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, has become a key place to visit in Gansbaai and was the inspiration for the campaign. The African Penguin is an endemic species to South Africa and Namibia – with an estimated 15000 breeding pairs left in South Africa, the species has been on the endangered list since 2010.
The penguins have been sponsored by various businesses and can be found at these respective locations: The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, Gansbaai Tourism, Marine Dynamics, Lomond Wine Estate, Blue Goose Restaurant, Xplorio, Saxon Lodge and Pearly Beach. Each penguin has been decorated by an artist/s with a focus on all that Gansbaai has to offer. All penguin stories can be found on Xplorio Gansbaai. Quarterly incentive prizes are available for those who visit all eight penguins and share them to the social media space of Gansbaai Tourism’s Instagram with the hashtag #gansbaaipenguins #capewhalecoast Tag @gansbaai-tourism and the venue of the penguin.