EDGE Blog Home |Archive | August, 2012

EDGE is Looking for Two New Interns!

Are you a UK resident, passionate about EDGE species and looking to get some great experience working in conservation in the heart of London? If the answer is “YES!” then look no further! There are two six-month positions available: we are seeking a Research Intern to assist with the development and implementation of ‘Species Report […]

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We Need More Ambassadors for the “Underdogs”

Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus)

Flagship species used to advertise conservation are usually big, beautiful, endearing animals – we love things with huge eyes and fur, things that look like us and our babies. But this might be a very short-sighted way of looking at what needs to be prioritised in conservation, and actually a lot of very important biological […]

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Species of the Week: Amazonian Manatee

The sirenians (manatees and dugongs) belong to an ancient and incredibly diverse family known as the Afrotheria: other members include aardvarks, elephants and elephant shrews! The Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis) is the smallest member of the manatee family, the two other recognised species being the American/West Indian manatee (T. manatus) and the African manatee (T. […]

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Solenodon Joe Says Farewell

Since 2009, Dr José Nuñez-Miño has been the field project leader for the Last Survivors Project, raising awareness and conducting conservation actions for the last surviving land mammals on the island of Hispaniola: the solenodon (EDGE mammal #7) and the hutia. As he moves to a new post, he shares his thoughts on the last […]

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Species of the Week: Mazumbai Warty Frog

The Mazumbai warty frog (Callulina kisiwamsitu) has a very interesting lineage. Its family (Brevicipitidae) is a group of 26 unique frogs from Africa that usually have burrowing lifestyles and very bulbous bodies. The warty frogs diverged 40 million years ago within the Brevicipitids – about 5 million years before the origin of monkeys. For nearly […]

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