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African Penguins have lost their natural nesting habitat when guano was scraped from seabird islands and sold as fertilizer. They have subsequently become endangered as they nested by digging burrows in guano, laid down by seabirds over time. Nowadays they are forced to nest on the surface, leaving their eggs and offspring exposed to predation and the elements.

Stony Point - Betty's bay

Stony Point is one of only three land-based colonies for the endangered African penguin. From the notice board at the entrance of this protected area, you can find out a little bit more about what goes on at Stony Point. Breeding season takes place from February to October, and mate for life – how cool is that and both parents share the nesting and feeding duties.

The Stony Point Penguin Colony is also used as a research and monitoring facility so some of the nests are colour coded, green indicating there are chicks and yellow indicating eggs. When you start to walk along the wooden boardwalk you will immediately spot penguins and nests in every direction.

If you’re not familiar with what a penguin nest looks you’ll notice it by the little hole which is the entrance with a green leafy covering, some of the nests we looked into we could see the penguins curled up. Other nests had penguins all around them waddling as only penguins could do.

Visitors can experience the sights and sounds of these flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk that runs over the colony. Enjoy the comical antics as the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

Boulders beach – Simon’s Town

Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located on the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of the endangered African penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment.

From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years.

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