Introducing the next generation of EDGE conservation leaders

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Amongst the rare wildlife of Madagascar the next generation of conservationists have been learning to protect some of the world's most unique animals for the first time as part of our EDGE fellowship programme.

The new cohort have been specially selected to join the programme, which aims to secure a future for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species through a global network of in-country conservation leaders equipped with cutting-edge training.

Meet the fellows and learn about the EDGE species they are working to protect:   

Aurelie Hector
Aurelie Hector, Mauritius

EDGE species: Round Island keel-scaled boa, (Casarea dussumieri
One of the world's rarest snakes and the only vertebrate with a joint in its upper jaw, which is thought to help them capture and eat lizards.

 

Bruktawit Abdo, Ethiopia
Bruktawit Abdo, Ethiopia

EDGE species: White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi)
Critically Endangered, small and secretive African bird threatened largely by habitat loss.

 

Emmanuel Amoah
Emmanuel Amoah, Ghana

EDGE species: West Africa slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops cataphractus
Native to freshwater habitats in central and western Africa where they have a unique slender snout used for catching prey, hence the name. Critically Endangered.

 

Horris Wanyama
Horris Wanyama, Kenya

EDGE species: Black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli
Fewer than 5000 of these African animals exist mainly due to poaching of its two rhino horns.

 

Rita Ratisietraina
Rita Ratsisetraina, Madagascar

EDGE species: Red-ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra)
One of the largest primates of Madagascar, this Critically Endangered species has a slender body, long legs and is covered in distinctive red, white and black fur.

 

Naina Ratsimba Rabemananjara
Naina Ratsimba Rabemananjara, Madagascar

EDGE species: Northern Giant Mouse Lemur (Mirza zaza)
Habitat loss and degradation as well as unsustainable levels of hunting is an increasing threat putting this Endangered species at risk of extinction.

 

Syvliane Lova Rakotozafy
Sylvaine Lova Rakotozafy, Madagascar

EDGE species: Mantellid frog (Mantidactylus pauliani)
One of the most threatened amphibians in Madagascar, this frog lives in a severely degraded area where its habitat is often destroyed by fire, illegal logging, overgrazing by livestock, and expanding potato farming.

 

Sandeep Das
Sandeep Das, India

EDGE species: Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis)
This frog is the only representative of a lineage that has been evolving independently for millions of years, it has survived the break up of a continent and the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  

Judith Mirembe
Judith Mirembe, Uganda
EDGE species: Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)
These big stork-like birds get their name from their shoe-shaped bill and can be found in decreasing numbers across large swamps from South Sudan to Zambia. 

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