Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Education Centre P.A. to Head of Education Katja Rockstroh was on the road last week, live-tweeting and blogging from the annual Waddle for a Week for the African penguin.
It had been a great week, and it was weird to think that we were about to embark on the second last day of the Waddle for a Week campaign.
We enjoyed a relaxing stay at the end of day four at Erica and Hilbre, two houses that are part of Whale of a Time accommodation.
After a quick breakfast, the team enjoyed a lovely scenic drive from Betty’s Bay to Gordon’s Bay.
We were greeted by another group of Cape Nature staff members, who walked with us the whole way. Thanks guys – it has been awesome to have you on our waddles.
The waddlers set off at 10am on day five, a welcome change to our usual early mornings. With everyone ready, we set off through Gordon’s Bay, hoping to get as many hoots as possible. Day five was a short walk (only 11km), and the team made it to the Gordon’s Bay main road in no time.
The team made it to the Strand beachfront, with many motorists and people showing their support.
The day, however, was not quite over … there was a surprise for our hardworking waddlers: the team was invited to visit the new Cheetah Outreach premises, just next door to the Somerset West mall.
We got to see some …
... as well as servals, caracals and jackals. These animals are often wounded by traps on farms and sometimes shot by farmers who consider them a threat to the livestock.
Part of alleviating unnecessary cheetah and other animal killings on farms is to donate Anatolian shepherds to farmers. These dogs are originally from Turkey, and are well suited to guarding livestock from predators. The Anatolian dog project has already shown a decrease in the number of unnecessary cheetah killings.
It was a great day for the waddlers, with a lot of support from people on the route and an amazing surprise at the end.
The last day of the waddle was to take place on April 27 – Freedom Day. A lovely coastal walk from Muizenberg’s Surfers’ Corner to Simon’s Town’s Boulders Beach penguin colony awaited us.
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Whale of a Time accommodation
- Cheetah Outreach
- Cape Nature
- Two Oceans Aquarium
- uShaka Marine World
- Chrysler Jeep Newlands
- Brands For Change