EDGE Kenya Slideshow

EDGE regional training courses are the first stage of the EDGE Fellowship scheme, a two-year training programme designed to equip early-career conservationists working on EDGE species with the tools to become successful conservation leaders. The rigorous training component of the scheme ensures that Fellows gain the scientific grounding and practical experience to plan and implement their Fellowship projects and make a significant contribution to the conservation of their focal species.

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  • EDGE Conservation Tools training course 2013
    Each year, as part of the EDGE Fellowship programme, ZSL runs an EDGE Conservation Tools training course, bringing together early-career conservationists from around the globe working on mammal, amphibian and coral EDGE species. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • EDGE Conservation Tools training course 2013
    Based within Rukinga Sanctuary, in 2013 six international and two Kenyan participants joined experts from ZSL for four action packed weeks of intensive training in the tools required to design, implement and manage successful conservation projects. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Course outline
    Through a series of lectures, hands-on practicals and assessments, participants were taught core modules: the principles of conservation biology, ecological monitoring, social science surveying techniques, and applied conservation action. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Getting to grips with GIS
    Participants had the opportunity to learn and apply a vast array of new statistical tools. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • In search of an EDGE species
    As a break from the classroom, the participants had a chance to visit a ZSL supported project in Sagalla hills. Taita Taveta Wildlife Forum kindly took us to the site of an EDGE species, the Sagalla caecilian, sadly there was no sign of this endemic species. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Community-led initiatives
    A visit to a local women’s group enabled the participants to learn more about community-led initiatives in Kenya and think creatively about the applicability of some of the principles to their own projects. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Lights, camera, ACTION!
    To practice the communication training that they were given, each participant underwent a series of interview scenarios. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Rukinga Sanctuary
    Towards the end of the course, the participants undertook a week of intensive fieldwork within Rukinga Sanctuary… © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Small mammal surveys
    In the acacia dominated land of Rukinga Sanctuary small mammal surveys were carried out using Sherman traps. Early each morning the traps, which were baited the night before, were checked for mammals. When the animals were caught, they were identified and biometric measurements taken before being released back into the wild. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Herpetofauna surveys
    Herpetofauna surveys were carried out in and around camp. As with the small mammals, when the animals were caught, they were identified and biometric measurements taken before being released back into the wild. © Olivia Couchman / ZSL
  • Camera trapping
    Another field skill developed during the course was setting up and analysing camera trap data. Among the photos of warthog, eland, and elephants was the spectacular Secretary bird. © Wildlife Works
  • Congratulations!
    All of the participants successfully completed the training course and were presented with certificates to mark their achievements. The EDGE team is now working with the course participants to develop their EDGE Fellowships. If you are interested in attending the next training course and becoming an EDGE Fellow, please contact fellows@edgeofexistence.org. © Olivia Couchman/ ZSL