EDGE Blog Home |Archive | April, 2012

IUCN-SSC Pangolin Specialist Group is Formed as Illegal Trade Increases

There is no doubt that the eastern traditional medicinal market is booming: demand for animal products across Asia is on the rise. Tiger bones, ivory from rhinos and elephants and shark fins to name but a few are all used either as food delicacies or in medicine, and false beliefs about the ability of these […]

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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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Species of the Week: Dinagat Bushy-tailed Cloud Rat

We decided to focus on this mysterious species this week because for this beautiful bushy-tailed ‘cloud-runner’ rat (Crateromys australis) was recorded the first time in forty years by a Czech couple in january 2012. They obtained photographs and video footage of the bushy-tailed rat in the wild, climbing the vegetation in the last area of […]

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A Month in the Life of EDGE Fellow Maria Copa

  My name is María Copa Alvaro. I’m from Bolivia and I’ve been an EDGE Fellow studying the short-tailed chinchilla in Bolivia since early in 2010. Recently, I have had the opportunity to visit the UK and participate in the 2012 Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) held in the Department of Zoology, University of […]

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Long-lost EDGE Species Rediscovered After 40 Years

  The Dinagat bushy-tailed cloud rat (Crateromys australis) has been rediscovered in the wild after nearly 40 years in hiding. With a body size of around 30-70cm and a tri-coloured tail, the Dinagat cloud rat is arguably one of the most spectacular murids, endemic only to the Philippines and unfortunately also critically endangered. The Dinagat […]

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