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Overview
BBoulders Beach Penguin Colony Around 800 000 tourists visit Simonstown annually to watch and photograph the African Penguin and enjoy the beaches at Boulders in Table Mountain National Park. Few visitors realise that despite their amusing antics and endearing appearance, African penguins are endangered. Boulders beach is the “the most accessible” place in the world to make the acquaintance of the endangered African Penguin African penguins used to be known as jackass penguins, because of the braying sounds they make. The birds breed in colonies stretching from southern Namibia to Port Elizabeth. The history of the Boulders Penguins began in 1983 when a pair was spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders. The birds are suspected to have come to False Bay from island colonies around the coast A possible reason for the rapid increase in penguin numbers at the time, was that False Bay had just been closed to commercial pelagic fishing, which meant an abundance of food for the penguins. Life for penguins along this coast is however not easy. On land they compete for limited nesting space, while predators such as resident’s dogs and cats are a threat. The impacts of climate change, with short burst of high rainfall or days of extreme heat have detrimental effects on successful breeding. The impacts of irresponsible tourism activities can increase the stress levels of the birds which in turn may affect their breeding success. In the water, they compete with Seals and Sharks for food and are constantly at risk of being affected by oil spills or other pollutants. World penguin numbers have declined from more than 1million pairs in circa 1920. The first full census was done in 1956 an accounted for approximately 140 000 breeding pairs. Today there are less than 18000 breeding pairs remaining. Boulders is home to approximately 1000 breeding pairs (just over 3000 penguins. . Spend an hour on the Boulders boardwalks, watching the penguins go about their daily lives and absorbing the infographics along the way, pose for selfies or enjoy the day on the Boulders beach either way you will leave with a once in a lifetime experience. Swimming out to sea with a penguin when it goes hunting is very special , surfing in on the waves as they come home is unforgettable! http://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/tourism/attractions.php#boulders Entry Fees are R65 per adult and R35 per child : Valid from 1 November 2015 Entry can also be obtained by presenting a Wild card or Green Card/ T and C’s Apply Gate times Boulders Winter: April - September 08:00 - 17:00 Summer: December - January 07:00 - 19:30 February - March 08:00 - 18:30 October - November 08:00 - 18:30
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