Superhero Species!

by ZSL on

We all love superheroes! But many of their superpowers are no more remarkable than those of the weird and wonderful EDGE species.

As part of our 10 year anniversary celebrations, we're recognising the extraordinary powers of some of our favourite EDGE animals. 

Superpower: Super kicks! 

Secreterybird

The secretarybird, found in sub-Saharan Africa, is one of the few birds of prey that hunts entirely on the ground. It can kick deadly snakes in the head, or stamp on them to break their spines. In fact, a single kick by a secretarybird is powerful enough to completely shatter a human hand! 

 

Superpower: Super healing 

Axolotl

Axolotls have incredible healing powers. Not only can they re-grow lost toes and fingers, it’s also been demonstrated that they can regenerate entire limbs, including their legs and tails. Even more amazingly, it’s been found that injured axolotls can actually re-grow missing parts of their brains! 

 

Super power: Super armour 

Pangolin

A pangolin has super-strong scales. When it's threatened, it rolls into a tight ball and not even a lion or tiger can bite through its armour - even though a tiger’s bite can crush a human skull!

You can follow our anniversary celebrations using #10yearsontheEDGE

Discover more about the weird and wonderful EDGE specieS!

Select a blog

Artefact of the month

Every month one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the month.

Asia Conservation Programme

Get the latest on ZSL's conservation work in Asia.

B.U.G.S Blog

Find out more about life in our B.U.G.S exhibit

Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

A new Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.

ZSL Shop

See the latest ranges, updates and special offers from our exciting new online shop.

Wild About Magazine

Excerpts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine.

ZSL London Zoo

A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo. Bringing you amazing animal facts and exclusive access to the world's scientific oldest zoo.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Discover more about the UK's biggest zoo with our fun blog posts!

Discovery and Learning in the Field

Join the ZSL Discovery and Learning team as they venture out of the zoo and in to the wild.

Conservation

Catch up on our latest Conservation Blogs

Elephantastic!

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's elephant keepers give an insight into the daily goings on in the elephant barn.

Tiger conservation

Read about conservation of tigers in Asia.

Videographer Blog

One man is boldly going where no other ZSL videographer has gone before - the land of Mountain Chicken Frogs.

Wild Science

From the field, to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.

Wildlife Wood Project Cameroon

The Wildlife Wood Project has been working in Cameroon since 2007 to encourage better wildlife management in logging concessions.

Penguin expedition blog

Updates from penguin conservation expeditions to Antarctica

Amur Leopard

Amur leopard conservation blog

Baby Giraffe Diaries

Meet ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's latest (and leggiest) arrival, a baby giraffe!

Biodiversity and Palm Oil

Follow the ZSL Biodiversity and Palm Oil team, based in Bogor, Indonesia.

Chagos Expedition

The Chagos marine reserve, designated in 2010 and currently the world’s largest no take marine reserve, is a sought-after spot for marine research.

Science

Science blogs

Tsaobis Baboon Blog

Follow ZSL conservationists studying desert baboons in Namibia.