Cape Town’s latest stint on the world’s cinematographic stage has been all about the octopus, but there’s plenty more where that came from.
At last, the world’s only urban penguins are receiving the attention they deserve. Check out this new Red Rock Films documentary showcasing the African Penguin, now streaming on Netflix.
Penguins With a Difference
Penguins are no strangers to the big screen, showcased as comical characters both in the tropical jungles of Madagascar, and the musical meanderings of Happy Feet.
Now you can get to know the full story with this real-life showcase of Simons Town’s penguins.
While they do have their comical moments, these unique birds break the mould when it comes to habitat. Instead of slipping and sliding in the frozen tundra, the African penguins prefer a more laid-back beach vibe on the sunny shores of the Western Cape.
Informative and Disturbing
Penguin Town is an eight part series filmed around Boulders Beach that showcases the life and times of these endearing creatures, investigating their breeding habits, habitat, feeding, and social behaviour.
It also brings to light just how fragile this unique population of birds really is. African penguin populations have been all but decimated by human activities, reaching an all-time low population count of 20,850 in 2019.
Quick action by concerned Cape Town citizens and conservation authorities has put them back on track, but the fight’s far from over.
At Boulders Beach in Simons’ Town, the penguins roam freely on the beaches in a protected area where visitors can learn more about them and develop an appreciation for their plight.
How Can You Help the African Penguin?
When it comes to conserving endangered species, information is power. Watch Penguin Town to learn more about Simon’s Town’s penguins, visit them in their seaside home, and support those who support them.
You can donate toward penguin conservation via SANCOB or the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation. Better yet, visit the aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, or take a trip to Boulders Bay on your next visit to Cape town. A portion of your entry fee goes towards protecting these birds.
What’s more, while you are enjoying their waddling grounds, be considerate of the penguins. Enjoy watching them from a respectful distance, never allow children to throw rocks at them or interfere with them in any way and keep your dog on a leash.
Meet the Penguins
If you’d like to get down to Cape Town to see the city’s latest superstars in person, get in touch. We can help you find the accommodation you need to explore all of the best sights in Cape Town and nearby.