• Plot number 1201, Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, 7220 (Birkenhead Lodge)
  • 072 598 7117, penguin@apss.org.za
  • www.dict.org.za,  -34.60739 S 019.35236 E

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has built a world class seabird sanctuary in Gansbaai, a first for the Overstrand area.
The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) has been set up to assist the endangered African penguin colonies of Dyer Island, an Important Bird Area, where the species has declined dramatically over 30 years, almost 90%.
Although the facility was purpose built for rehabilitation of marine birds, it also caters for creating awareness around the perils marine birds face out in the wild. An Auditorium equipped with a big screen TV, which is linked up to the Rehabilitation area – the Bird Hospital and the Laboratory/Clinic, will enable any guest who visits the facility to see what is being done behind the scenes. Entrance is free for visitors and feeding time is daily at 15h00.
The sanctuary depends heavily on donations and sponsorships to contribute to the rehabilitation and protection of these endangered species.