Since EDGE was established in 2007, our passion for nature, optimism and determination to help solve the species extinction crisis, have helped us meet a huge number of conservation milestones. In the last five years we have kick-started the careers of 28 conservationists from developing countries, re-discovered three animals thought to be extinct, discovered one entirely new species, developed four conservation strategies, and expanded the programme so that we now work in over 20 countries worldwide.
Take a moment to browse through our conservation timeline below and learn more about our history.
The successful completion of the Horton plains slender loris project to re-establish ecological corridors, led by Saman Gamage, has planted 5245 native tree saplings across 4.2ha.
The IUCN Xenarthan Specialist Group, including EDGE Fellow Diorene Smith, were instrumental in formalising the listing of the pygmy sloth on CITIES Appendix II.
The public voted for ZSL to receive a Google global impact award to deploy next generation cameras to fight the poaching of rhinos and elephants in Kenya
A new paper was published in PLoS ONE focusing on areas with disproportionate amounts of evolutionary history as a more effective route to EDGE species conservation.
The first Sunda pangolin confiscated from the wildlife trade has been released into Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam by EDGE Fellow Phuong’s Carnivore and Pangolins Conservation Program
Attenborough’s Ark (a Natural World Special) was screened on 9th Nov, featuring 7 (out of 10) EDGE species, three EDGE Fellows, and the Dominican Hispaniolan solenodon project team.
Our three-year Darwin Initiative funded project culminated in a stakeholder workshop to develop national conservation strategies for the Hispaniolan solenodon and hutia.
The world's first hirola sanctuary has been established in Ijara, Kenya. 24 hirolas were succesfully translated to the 2,740ha site and EDGE fellow Ali collared 3 individuals.
July marked the launch of a three-year Darwin Iniative project focusing on the Chinese giant salamander, aiming to conserve wild populations, improve farm sustainability, build in-country capacity and raise public awareness.Discover the Chinese giant salamander >
Danwei Huang’s new paper on the Scleractinian (reef-building) coral tree of life resulted in EDGE scores for all coral species, producing the top 50 EDGE Coral list.
New fellows from around the world joined the EDGE team in Chitwan National Park. Over four weeks, they were trained in conservation biology, ecological monitoring, social surveying and action planning.
ZSL EDGE scientists reported the first close examination in 70 years of this slender loris (left) subspecies after more than 200 hours of surveys.
An online campaign by EDGE raised over £5,000 for a reforestation programme to help the loris populations recover.
Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was reportedly excited by the wild pygmy hippo photos taken in 2008, so she paid a visit to Sapo National Park and met rangers like our Fellow John Konie, calling on the people of Liberia to protect their animals and forests.
A great educational resource for the EDGE Programme and some of the key species that we are trying to save from extinction. The exciting stories are accompanied by amazing photography, so whether you are seven or seventy you can join the scientists on their adventures around the world
EDGE Fellow John Konie and a team from ZSL made the first photographic records of wild pygmy hippos from Liberia, and the second ever footage filmed globally.
Archey's frog - the number one amphibian ambassador for EDGE
After a huge public response to an online campaign sparked by an EDGE blog, the Malaysian company Vitroplant abandoned its plans to convert the island to oil palm plantations, successfully saving the habitat of local populations of the woodlark cuscus.
The Hispaniolan solenodon was believed to be extinct in Haiti until ZSL scientists visited the remote mountainous region of the Massif de la Hotte and discovered a remnant population.
EDGE is the first global-scale programme specifically developed to conserve the world’s most evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered (EDGE) animals, which have few close relatives and are uniquely irreplaceable in the web of life.
The first mammals list is released and our first EDGE Fellow, Uuganbadrakh Oyunkhishig from Mongolia, is appointed to study the jerboa (left).