From footless amphibians to monkey-eating eagles, the Zoological Society of London welcomes the EDGE conservationists, who protect some of the world’s weirdest and wonderful species.
The EDGE of Existence programme spotlights Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered animals and prioritises their protection by helping aspiring conservationists in developing countries take the lead at a grass-roots level.
Seven EDGE fellows working for one-of-a-kind animal species across seven different countries have come together as part of a two week conservation leadership course at ZSL. The course will provide them with the skills necessary to scale up their projects following the end of their fellowship.
The fellows, from the 2015-2017 cohort, are learning conflict resolution, communication, fundraising and project leadership skills, as well as having the opportunity to collaborate with ZSL conservation experts.
Meet the Fellows!
Since it began in 2007, the EDGE of Existence programme has supported 58 EDGE Fellows, across 33 countries, to protect and conserve 54 lesser-known species.
The programme ensures that conservation resources are focused on species where limited research has been done or that currently received little or no conservation attention, so that the future of our most weird, wonderful and evolutionarily distinct species can be secured.
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