Warning signs to protect penguins

Yvette Oosthuizen receiving a “Friends of SANParks” certificate on behalf of Red Rock Films International, from George Smith, chairman of SANParks Honorary Rangers, Table Mountain region.

When next you visit the Boulders penguin colony, you will notice 15 new signs in the parking areas, warning you to check for endangered African penguins under your car.

The signs were organised by resident Yvette Oosthuizen.

Ms Oosthuizen works for Red Rock Films International, and, after hearing that one of the penguins was killed in the parking lot, she asked her company to donate funds to the Table Mountain region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers to have the warning signs made up.

She said she had noticed how the penguins waddled around in the car park and that they often lay beneath or between the cars to get out of the sun.

Warning signs would alert people to that and get them to check under their cars for penguins before driving off.

George Smith, chairman of SANParks Honorary Rangers, Table Mountain region, presented Ms Oosthuizen with a certificate of appreciation for her and her company’s gesture in establishing the warning signs in the car park.