Kakapo on the EDGE: the fight to save the world’s weirdest parrot

Before human settlement, the forests of New Zealand were full of Kakapos, meaning ‘night parrot’ in the Maori language. These bizarre birds are unlike any other parrot species in the world – they are flightless, solitary and nocturnal. They are also incredibly heavy for a parrot, weighing up to 4kg. They are the longest living […]

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The Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition to Argentina

The EDGE of Existence Erasmus Darwin Barlow Expedition (EDBE) funds two places for UK based early career conservationists to gain valuable experience and aid in the conservation of an endangered and evolutionary distinct species. It allows for young aspiring conservationists to join a 2 to 3 week expedition led by ZSL conservationists and participate in […]

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The future of the Hooded Grebe: energy at any cost?

Kini Roesler The Hooded Grebe is a critically endangered species living in Argentina and it is number 21 on the EDGE bird list. Its long isolation made it become one of the most spectacular of all grebes in the world, both because of its plumage but also because of its social behaviour. The historical isolation […]

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Fantastic EDGEy Beasts and Where to Find Them

The magical world looks as diverse and crazy as our own; here are our highlights of Fantastic Beast’s fantastic beasts, and what EDGE species we think inspired them, or at the very least, which they remind us of. Be warned: slight spoilers, and edginess, ahead. 1. Nifflers & Echidnas     What is especially cool about the […]

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Mythical EDGE Species: Part 1

  We’ve all been told the stories of fire-breathing dragons, shimmering unicorns, twisting sea serpents and enchanting mermaids.  And we’ve all sighed as we closed the book or turned off the television, knowing that such beasts could never exist. But what if I were to tell you that some of them do exist, just perhaps not […]

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