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Sanccob blessed with donations for chicks

Donations of all kinds have been streaming into Sanccob for the young flamingo chicks currently in their care.

Sanccob, or the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, says however that more donations are welcome.

Ronnis Daniels, spokesperson, told TygerBurger last week that a large group of volunteers are caring for the birds after they were abandoned by their parents recently.

“We have been informed that the chicks were rescued from Kamfers Dam outside Kimberley, which is one of the most important breeding sites of this particular flamingo species in Southern Africa.

The 2000 rescued chicks were abandoned by their parent birds and were in danger of dying due to dehydration and starvation,” Daniels said.

Sanccob collected the chicks from a private plane sponsored by Ekapa Mining at Execujet, close to the Cape Town International Airport, on Monday 28 January, after they were flown down from Pretoria.

Daniels told TygerBurger that one third of the 560 lesser flamingo chicks admitted did not survive the first 48 hours.

“The surviving two thirds are improving in strength and health. Some are still in poor condition, receiving medication, feeds and specialised vet care from professionals on site.”

The chicks will remain in the care of Sanccob for between three and four months.

“They are being hand-reared by experienced bird staff and fed a formula by syringes made up of Nestum Baby Cereal Stage 1, A-grade sardines, prawns and the yolks of boiled eggs.”

Daniels said that the centre is still in need of a few items.

“We still need prawns, paper towels, towels, F10 veterinary disinfectant and Entero-Plus probiotics. We are at full capacity with volunteers so no new [volunteers] can be accepted at this stage,” she said.

Cash donations are essential to cover the costs of veterinary and rehabilitation care, she explained.

“With high volumes of chicks to feed we also need to feed the 60-per-day workforce and welcome quick break meals and cold drinks to get their energies up working from 05:00 to 23:00 each day,” she said.

One of the generous sponsorships they have received so far was a large supply of pilchards.

“A neighbour in our very road in Table View reached out to her network and connected us with Dean Stacey, director at Breco Seafoods, who has generously offered to donate five tons of A-grade pilchards for the flamingo chicks and for the African penguins and seabirds at our centre too.”

All donations can be referred to Wilmie@sanccob.co.za or call 021 557 6155. Direct donations can be made at https://bit.ly/2jQAzBg. Alternatively, the public can drop off donations at 22 Pentz Drive, Table View.

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