Some days I just love my job! Yesterday, I found myself boarding a plane to the island of Mahe, in the Seychelles, to go and meet James, Sylvana and Diana, three of ZSL’s EDGE of Existence Programme Fellows. Accompanying me is Olivia Couchman, the EDGE Programme Coordinator responsible for supporting and organising training and professional development for the Fellows.
EDGE stands for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered and the EDGE of Existence Programme highlights and conserves one-of–a-kind species that are on the verge of extinction. One of the most effective ways in which the EDGE of Existence programme is working to help secure the future of EDGE species is by helping to build conservation knowledge and skills in regions in which they occur. EDGE Fellows are aspiring conservationists who undertake a two-year training programme designed to equip them with the tools to become successful conservation leaders.
ZSL’s three Fellows in the Seychelles are working to not only understand these endangered species better, but also raise public awareness of these fascinating living things. I can’t wait to meet them and learn more about the species they are fighting to conserve.
We arrived very early this morning and the humidity hit straight away! But how nice to be in the heat! We were picked up by Rachel Bristol, the Project Manager who supports our Fellows in-country. She kindly drove us to our guest house in Beau Vallon where we could unpack and get ourselves organised.
We checked out the local beach and this was the view! Definitely looking forward to seeing more of this beautiful country and meeting the people passionate about saving it’s biodiversity.
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