Creepy Creatures

The weather is biting and the nights are drawing in, but if that’s not enough to make you shiver then maybe you will be unnerved by some of the spooky species hiding within our EDGE database! With their high evolutionary distinctiveness, EDGE species have evolved some truly spooky characteristics for everyday life. Here are some [...]

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A New Book Highlights that “Life is Good” for Conservation

The Sumatran rhino (EDGE species #9), the Hispaniolan solenodon (#7), and the pygmy hippo (#28) all star in a new book of essays by mongabay.com journalist, Jeremy Leon Hance. The book, “Life is Good: Conservation in the Age of Mass Extinction”, takes both a micro and macro look at the global biodiversity crisis, including the [...]

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Camera captures rare glimpse of pygmy hippo

Camera captures rare glimpse of pygmy hippo

Camera traps are revolutionising our ability to track the changing fate of wildlife. Often used in remote locations looking for elusive species, this automated digital device that takes a photo whenever an animal triggers an infrared sensor, is producing rare glimpses into the secret lives of animals. In 2008, scientists from ZSL started a new programme [...]

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How to catch a pygmy hippo on camera

How to catch a pygmy hippo on camera

Trying to get cameras in the wild to capture images of the elusive pygmy hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis) is no easy task, but the project in Sapo National Park, Liberia, is trying and constantly inching a little bit closer to success. In 2010 they set up 25 camera traps in the wild yet only 8 survived [...]

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Finding pygmy hippos in Sierra Leone

Finding pygmy hippos in Sierra Leone

The pygmy hippo is a priority EDGE mammal endemic to the threatened Upper Guinea Forests biodiversity hotspot with fewer than 3,000 believed to remain in the wild. Yet little is known about the current distribution and threats to this species. A Pygmy Hippo Conservation Strategy, the first for the species, was developed in 2010 and [...]

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