Wild African penguin populations are in steep decline. At the start of the 20th century, there was an estimated 1 million breeding pairs in the wild. In the last 100 years, these numbers have decreased dramatically by more than 97%. In
2010, due to the rapid decline, the species was reclassified from vulnerable to endangered on the IUCN Red List.
The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds SANCCOB’s primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds –especially endangered species like the African penguin.
Attica Zoological Park supports Sanccob for the rescue, care and rehabilitation of abandoned penguin chicks.
You, too can support the project by either contributing in our donation box outside the penguin enclosure or donate online at
Every year we conduct a nationwide art competition for children 5-15 years old. The topic is the African Penguin and the aim is to inform the public about the threats they face in the wild.
This year we received more than 300 works of art from schools all over Greece, where children responded succesfully to the subject.
Enjoy some selected art work by clicking here!