|Pair hanging out (photo by Jake Levenson)|
|Good advice before walking onto the beach!|
|Sun for people, shade for penguins|
|Always educating! (photo by Jake Levenson)|
I was able to see lots of penguins, both on the beach itself as well as in the upland area where they rest and have their nests. It was so surreal to see these birds among the trees tucked in between roots and shrubs!
|How many penguins can you find?|
|Penguins live in trees?|
Back on the beach, penguins were everywhere! You would find them resting near boulders, on top of boulders, swimming in the water, everywhere! It was hard to remember that these animals are endangered with so many of them around. They didn't seem to mind when you got closer to take some pictures, but they didn't hesitate to give you a stare down when you did get to close for comfort!
|Someone is pretty excited...|
|A pair of penguins, one banded|
Being able to come back to Boulders and observe the penguins helped me feel like the trip came full circle. Having previously released SANCCOB birds at this location and seeing how the wild birds were able to take full advantage of this site gave me a bit of hope for the species. I don't know what the future holds for the African penguin and the Boulders colony, but I do know I am thankful for doing my part to help this species and for SANCCOB and others that work hard to do so as well. I hope that many generations can visit Boulders to see these amazing animals and am glad that I got to witness it first hand! [Another Aquarium educator visited Boulders Beach in 2010 as well.]
|On top of the boulders at Boulders (photo by Jake Levenson)|
Learn more about the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, or SANCCOB and their Penguin Chick Bolstering Project.
Follow the adventures of Jo's co-worker, Paul! Aquarium penguin biologist Paul Leonard was also in South Africa to study and care for African penguins in the Southern Hemisphere! Read about his experiences on the Penguin Blog.